Posted on May 30, 2015
SGT Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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I have heard some discussion saying that staying in the Army if one wants to transition is nearly impossible, yet other branches are more willing to take you if you're willing to take the leap, does anyone have any experience with this?
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PO1 John Miller
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For a while the Navy had a program called "Blue to Green" where AD Sailors could transfer to the AD Army. I think this was during the height of OIF/OEF and the Army needed a lot more people.

As far as transitioning from Army reserves to AD Navy, you really just need to get an unconditional release from the Army last I heard, and a Navy recruiter can help you with that.
But what it all boils down to is needs of the Navy. Do they have any slots available and will you be able to move into a similar rate (MOS) or you may have to move into a completely new career field. Your ASVAB score plays a big part in that, and you may have the option of retaking it if the job you want requires a higher score than what you have.
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If you want to go active from any branch into the United States Army you have to be one Airborne qualified and meet the business rules if coming from guard or reserve. If coming from another branch you have to have the equivalent job title.
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SGT Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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Airborne qualified has been they key to getting active from what I have read here, do you have any advice for convincing a unit to send you to airborne?
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Only convincing is if they have the money, slots, and you have a series of good APFT scores not 180 or 220 upwards of 260 then you might have an argument. And attitude that always helps.
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What does airborne have to do with it?
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You would have to aske the Army big wigs about that SSG.
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It's almost impossible to go Active into another branch once you're prior service.

Going from the RC into the Army is a cinch. You just need to bring a recruiter a conditional release. If your chain of command is jerking you around, you go to their boss...and so on until you have your release.

If you want to go Active right now, chances are your best bet is to get ready to jump out of planes.
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SGT Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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So far as ready to jump out of planes go, I'd be more than happy to, however for the Active Duty transition do they require you to have already completed airborne or just to meet the entry level requirements for airborne school?
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PFC Ward, go see your local recruiter. They can help you start the process. Tell them you are serious about it and prepared to do the leg work. As a PFC with less than 3 years of service you are qualified to go active in an MOS at needs of the Army. Realize you will not be picking your MOS. If your PMOS is not one of the very few on the list you will have a couple of MOS's to pick from at MEPS but you cannot be picky about it. Realize the process will likely take 2 to 6 months to get your release but the three signatures you need on it are yours, a recruiters, and the hard part is the third, the first General in your chain of command. For NG that's usually the top guy in your state. So, go see a recruiter and be very nice and willing to help because they will see you as a long term project that may slow their production. Good luck!

See USAREC MSG 15-033 for guidance. If your MOS is on line 7.a you will have a direct transfer. If you are qualified for 18x that is an option. Otherwise see line 7.d for needs of the Army.
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