Posted on Mar 19, 2018
Sgt Adrian Jones
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Morning, I am looking at enlisting into the National Guard, to finish up my degree. I have been told that it is possible that I might lose at least (1) rank. But I would get it back quickly, to me that is a non-starter. I earned the rank of Sgt and moreover Sgt of Marines, to drop down to E-4 is a slap in the face. I might be looking at this the wrong way, but I would like to hear from anyone that has moved from the Marine Corps over to the National Guard.
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Marines don't normally lose their rank coming to the National Guard. I have worked with numerous marines over the years (a lot seem to go guard after leaving the corps), and none of them lost their rank. I will say if there is any possibility of this, the NG recruiter will let you know. Your enlistment paperwork before you sign will also say what rank you are being brought in as, so there shouldn't be any surprises. As a sergeant coming into the Army for the first time, just know things are not the same as the Marines. Also know that every Army unit is different and the guard itself is a different animal altogether.
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Thanks my buddy that is a NG recruiter that just transferred from the Marine Corps, said that exact thing. He said that I may have a tough time getting use to the way NG works, he says that I ooze Marine and I have drop alot of the motivation before enlisting. Additionally I would like to pick your brain in regards to being Warrant Officer...
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Yeah go ahead. There is a saying in the WO Cohort: Every WO is a warrant recruiter. If you want to talk in private, that is fine too, just shoot me a private message.
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Edited 1 y ago
Sgt Adrian Jones A previous post that covers this topic. You have been out since February of 2014 according to your profile, so that might be a factor.

https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/do-you-lose-rank-going-from-active-to-national-guard
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Thanks I read through the post good info..I have a good friend that has transitioned from the Marine Corps to the National Guard as a recruiter he is currently in Arkansas for school. He told he that I would probably keep my rank but he wont know until he gets back to SoCal. But patience is not one of my virtues
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Most of the Marines i know who had transitioned branches retained their rank. I think i ran into a couple who had to drop one grade initially coming in but got the stripes back quickly. For the most part i don't think you have anything to worry about unless your recruiter is not working with you; they normally do not get credit for bringing prior service in vs brand new boot so sometimes the amount of work to make sure you are taken care is not their. Remember you are in charge of your career make sure you push for it otherwise do not assume it will be just an automatic thing. Hope this helps.
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