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I have seen AGR positions for officers vary from state to state. I have seen different states have different demands. I have no experience with the Reserve side of the house. I know that in the Guard they are hard to come by do to the limited positions there are but what have the rest of you seen?
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For both enlisted and officers in the USAR all applicantions are handled by HRC (I believe prior to 2008 units could hand pick who they hired).

If you log in to hrc.army.mil and poke around the AGR application process you can learn a bit about how they hire. For officers it's purely based on slots and a point system. According to their FAQ about 10x as many officers needed apply. But if you are in a high demand AOC/rank your odds would of course be higher. After that it's based on a total Soldier concept point system similar to a promotion board.

For enlisted USAR the needed MOS's are likely the same as NG (S-shop MOS's, recruiting, retention, and a select few of other MOS's), but again it is a national board at HRC.

If you look amazing on paper and willing to move, USAR may be your better bet. If you know the State wants to hire you, Guard may be best.

I know for O's it's mostly O-3 slots that HRC fills with initial hires, so your best time to apply is as an early 1LT-CPT.
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This is very true. It is almost (but not quite) impossible to get an initial slot as a MAJ. I started looking into it not long after I got back from my OIF II deployment (and pinning MAJ). At the time it was a pure non-starter. Also, there us a requirement that you be able to complete 20 years AFS before MRD - though that MIGHT be waivable.
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It's hard no matter what and certain states use the "good old boys" system to hire. In my state the recent rumor mill is saying that out of the last 4 AGR officer positions hired by the army guard only one was hired based on the board's recommendation. If you are not related to or a buddy of a connected selecting official, your chances are exponentially lower to get the job. My suggestion is to figure out if the 0-6 selecting official plays golf or racquetball becuase your merit, record or expertise has very little to do with anything. They go as far as pulling advertisements for positions when a more qualified person applies and re-advertising in a way that excludes them from being able to qualify.... They will also craft the job adds in a manner to make it so the person they have in mind will be the most qualified.
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I am sure that happens. I still have hope that there are some positions out there that truly consider the board much more than a recommendation. I was able to find work on the ADOS side by interviewing. I am working my way to the AGR system but I have time for that down the road.
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MSgt RF Transmission Systems
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CPT (Join to see) - science officer positions, medical or anything else that can't be BS'd. Jobs where actual knowledge and intelligence can't be pencil whipped.
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MSgt (Join to see) I'm full time on the ADOS side. I didn't know anyone when interviewed. But you had to have a ranger tab and tours. I was a shoe in.
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Not impossible, but very tough and competitive. I've seen guys resign a commission to get on AGR, then, after they prove themselves, get their commission back.

You met want to try a title 10 job in DC or such. Make a name for yourself and your state will notice.
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You can't commission while in the AGR program.
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Funny. Since I've seen quite a few do it. They have went to OCS as AGR enlisted then interviewed and hired into an O position. I've seen some direct commission that were AGR enlisted after interviewing and being hired into an O position.

Each state is different.
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1LT (Join to see) , yes, you can.
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