Posted on Aug 27, 2020
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I joined the National Guard because one: I'm seventeen and wanted to get into the game as early as I could, and two: I wanted to go to "normal" college. I've been trying to find more information on how to transfer to Active after I graduate, and from what I gather it's a lot of paperwork.
Those of you who transferred, what was the transition to "normal" Army life like, getting used to the way things are run, etc.? Also, is there any way to put in a request for a duty station?
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It's a couple of forms that need a couple of signatures that could take 2 months or 6 months.
In the Guard, your state G1 approves your conditional release for AD.
Or if your ETS date is coming up within 6-9 months after graduation, you can just have the AD recruiter do a prior service contract for the day after your ETS.
You can also just do ROTC while in college, smoke it and qualify for an AD commission...
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One thing I forgot to mention about another difficult part. When you are approved for release to Active Duty, when you go to MEPS, you will be there ALLLLLL DAY. The reason being is that you would be considered Prior Service, so you will be one of the very last folks finalized for processing, contract signing, and swearing in at the end of the day. It's gonna be a long wait. Bring a book (a very thick one) if you can.
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It doesn't take long to get relwase from national guard to active duty . It took me 3 weeks to switch , was with 1106th hhd tasmg , now I am in active . The problem most soliders find is the fact they will not have a choice in mos or length in service
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I did this about a year ago. Went from FLNG to AD, SFC Livingston is 100% correct. Your command will probably have you write a letter of hardship to get you out of the NG. Don’t listen to SPC Head because I got my signed DA Form 358, went to MEPS and was at Fort Campbell inprocessing within a week.
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SPC Michael Head
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Why not listen to me? I'm telling my personal experience. I witnessed it with my own eyes. Just because yours went smooth doesn't mean it always does.
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From those I have helped go from NG to AD, SPC Michael Head's experience is more common. It does NOT usually go as smoothly SPC William Wilson's transition. I've had dudes waiting a year for a 368, because they didn't want to rock the boat. Don't be afraid to stay on top of the conditional release paperwork if it's something you want. If it takes more than a month, you need to be asking what's going on.
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SFC Laurie Schultz
SFC Laurie Schultz
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Reserves and Guard require 6 months of service before you can request a transfer. If you already had 6 months in that would be why you didn’t have to wait.
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