Posted on Feb 9, 2020
1LT Communications Officer (S6)
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I commissioned in May 2019 into the army reserves and realized corporate life is not for me. I owe 6 years because ROTC payed for my entire college education.
My goal is to transfer to active duty, and if possible switch from Signal 25A to Cyber 17A. I feel like the branch transfer is a long shot but does anyone know the process or likelihood of going from an officer in the reserves to active duty?
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MAJ Staff Crna
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I did the switch from reserve to active duty. For medical folks we go through an AMEDD recruiter. I had to do the whole commissioning thing, paperwork, board, figuring out rank, etc all over again. I applied for active commission in conjunction with LTHET (long term health education) so I could go through the Army’s anesthesia program. It took time. It was easier doing the paperwork and footwork for the graduate program and LTHET stuff than the commissioning process but all worked out and was worth it.
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Thank you Sir, that is encouraging. Everything else I’ve read, and people I’ve talked to, have said it’s very unlikely. I’m glad to hear at least one person has done it successfully!
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1LT (Join to see) yes it’s always needs of the Army and whether or not the reserves will waive time owed. In my case the reserves waived it and it required some O-5 or O-6 in the COC to do so.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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In regards to branch transfer. It is much easier to for combat arms officers to branch transfer because their rank structure is a pyramid. They need to get rid of officers.
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The process is a DD 368 initiated by you and an active component recruiter, submitted through your BN S1 and approved by the fist GO in your chain of command, probably RRC for the Army Reserves. I have never seen one of these disapproved. This step takes 3-6 months, then you take the approved 368, go get the active duty contract and orders, send a copy back to the reserves for the discharge and report to active duty.
You would need to apply for branch transfer after you get there.

Getting to Cyber might be easier in the Army Reserves or Army Guard, and there are AGR and T10 ADOS positions.
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