Posted on Jun 18, 2018
PFC Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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My husband is in the process of enlisting active duty. I am strongly considering trying to transfer from the Alabama National Guard to active duty. I am currently a 68W with no deployments. I have found alot of info online about the process of switching from guard to active but not much on keeping your MOS. Does anyone know the steps to do that. Also does anyone have any advice on military marriages?
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SFC Platoon Sergeant
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It’s all dependent on a few things if you can switch to active duty and stay a medic

1. Will your unit release you
2. Is the active component taking prior service
3. If they are is 68W one of the MOS they are trying to fill, if not you’ll be allowed to choose from the MOS that they are trying to fill

So in closing I’d say go see a recruiter and ask
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SFC Senior Brigade Career Counselor
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At the MEPS they decide based on the needs of the Army. That being said, it's always cheaper and easier to keep you in your old MOS if there's a need.
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SSG Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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You should be able to keep your MOS when you switch to active. But you may loss rank because national Guard promote differently then active.
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In what way does the National Guard promote differently? While the promotion are done through NGB, the standards and requirements are the same. I've known a number of individuals, enlisted and commissioned, that rolled over to active and didn't lose any rank if they stayed in MOS/Branch.
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