Posted on Jan 22, 2014
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How are these two components alike ? I'm still getting to know this deal here coming from Guard. I keep hearing all kinds of stories about PCS and things like that. Can you PCS to active duty from reserves ? How does this work?
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If you are reserve or NG you don't PCS. If you are active duty you PCS every few years or so, or after an over seas tour, such as Korea or Germany. A n example of a TCS or temporary change of station is for things like deployment. I too have never heard of pcs from active duty to reserve.
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One minor comment - it'd be more correct to say "you don't _have_ to PCS" as a guardsman or reservist. Depending on life circumstances and career opportunities, some actually do. I've been in the AGR Statutory Tour program since 2010 and have had two PCS's since then - that's going full time in the ANG. On the reserve side, I know AFRC does some pretty deliberate moves for force development with their senior officer types - command experience or staff whether traditional or full time, but that's a pretty small percentage of the guard/reserve force.
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Thanks for the correction sir, I'm not too familiar with the NG/USAR side of the house.
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I'm sorry but I honestly don't understand your question fully. Are you reserve or active? PCS is permanent change of station. If you are active duty then you can PCS or TCS from one base to another base. That all depends on if you go on a restricted tour or not. As for PCSing from AD to reserve, I have never heard of anything like that.
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SFC Agr Tng Nco
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Reserves, and I been trying to go active for a while now. Just looking for a loop holes in the system I guess. 
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SSG Team Chief
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Roger that. Well on that note I honestly have no idea of how that part works. I would say either talk to your retention or to an AD Recruiter. I looked up online and it said you need to get a Conditional Release form from the 1 star General in your chain of command. Don't quote me on that though. That is just what I have read online. 
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Ok, to go from Reserves to Active you gotta do a Conditional Release. Its a few forms that a Active duty recruiter fills out for you and has you turn in to your CoC usually along with a letter detailing why you want to transfer. It has to get approved by the first General Officer usually in the CoC so expect it to take upwards of a month or so. Once it's approved it'll be good for 6 months from the date it's signed so you only have that long to ship out to active duty. Take the form to your recruiter and they will sign you up for a Active Duty job. A few caveats...
-Anything you got in the last year bonus wise has to be paid back
-You are probably only gonna be allowed to go 18X
-Some recruiters aren't thrilled to help you with the forms unless you're going 18X cause you don't count against quota.

Any other questions feel free to ask me!
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SFC A.M. Drake
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SSG(P) Przeszlowski,

Why are you looking for shortcuts? I will assume that you have spoken to a recruiter already and they have explained to you what needs to be done, no? If not look me up on Global and I will get you to the right recruiter in your area? You say you have been trying for awhile? Provide an example of what is the hold up? Are you flagged? Pending UCMJ, medical issues, law violations? I ask these not to put you on the spot, but sometimes we as soldiers are our own worst enemies with the premise of doing something and never do. Look me up on global and let's talk.  What is your MOS?
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My duties as an Active duty NCO are so different from a Res/ NG NCO it's not even funny.
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