Posted on Jun 9, 2019
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I am currently active duty needing to transfer to National Guard or Reserve. My primary reason is due to a family hardship relating to my disabled mother who's gone through 4 surgeries and unable to take care of herself properly at this time. Her lifestyle is unstable, and she certainly needs help. Has been this way since her and my father's divorce some 8-9 months ago. I digress, is it possible for me to do this, and what exactly do I need to do. Really hoping I can get this to work. This is the worst I've ever seen my mother get. If anyone has advice on the process please give me your input.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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PFC (Join to see) assuming you are a relatively new soldier with the majority of your enlistment to serve, you can't transfer to the ARNG or the Reserve. If you were ARNG or Reserve, you could get an AD recruiter to enlist you AD via a DD368, but as far as I know you can't go the other way.

If your parent has become unable to care for herself, my recommendations are:
- short term: request a compassionate reassignment.
- mid-term, request to make your parent a dependent in DEERS. She can live with you and receive benefits under your care.https://www.dfas.mil/militarymembers/SecondaryDependency/SDC.html

If you pursue the the second one, that will put you both in the best position as you will have stable pay and benefits including housing to help out.

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SFC Student Service Ncoic/Hr Nco
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Great job Sir laying out the two possible routes for this Soldier to take. You can actually do both of the options. Please get with your first line or platoon sergeant and have them to assist you with getting these actions started right away. Go to your local DEERS office and ask them for the packet to make your mom your dependent. Feel free to email me if you feel you’re getting the run around. My email address is: [login to see] or [login to see] .mil
I’ll be more than willing to assist you with this matter.
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SFC Senior Brigade Career Counselor
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I agree 100%. It's possible he could also request separation for family hardship, but in my experience that's rarely the best option.
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1SG John Furr
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Please understand that service in the NG/Reserves will have requirements that need to be met, and if you're in a hardship situation, that is not a good solution. NG & Reserves have far less support and resources available. Moreover, it's not a full-time paycheck, thus creating another potential hardship.
Is this a temporary hardship or long term hardship? The Army pays you, and provides medical insurance, so I would try to solve the problem without getting discharged. I'd hate to see you throw your potential career away, if the issue could be solved otherwise.
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You're more than likely going to have to request a compassionate reassignment until your contract is up, then re-enlist in a part-time component. You can't just transfer out of an active component. That's not really how that works.
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