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    AS many of you know already I have just succesfully transfered from the Reserves to active Duty. I am offering my knowledge to all who want to know. I am currently in FT Jackson with about 40 other National Gaurdsmen and Reservest all of which are transferring. So now is the time to ask while I have their brains to pick as well.

    The process is fairly simple and I will give a quick and Brief outline on how to go about it.

    1) Finish all the training in your Initial Contract, BCT, AIT, OSUT, ASI's.

    2) Report Back to your Unit.

    3) Let your first line know of your intentions. ( Makes it easier when you show up with paperwork)

    4) Talk to an Active Duty Recruiter.
    - Sidenote: As You are now classified as Prior Service you are not a top priority for the army or your recruiter so you need to find a recruiter who wants to do your packet.

    5) Obtain a DD form 368 and DD 4187. One of these forms (368) is the request for a conditional Release. The 4187 is a general form used in the army for anything that changes in this case it will be a change to active duty.

    6) Make sure you and your recruiter Fill out and Sign these papers together.

    7) MAKE COPIES. Anyone in the military will tell you Copies are your friend.

    8) Report to your unit and using your COC to speak to your commander. He is the first one that needs to sign your papers with an appoval for your release. Remember they do not have to release you.

    9) At this point the ball is almost out of your court. Being persistant in calling your UA Unit Advocate?? To make sure your packet is being pushed up the chain. In the reserves it needs to be approved by the first 1 Star General (BG) in your command. Or the acting Regional Commander.

    10) Continue to go to drill be a good soldier and start doing correspondence courses. As it will only help you in the future.

    This is all I have for now Please correct me if i cited somthing incorrectly as I am trying to do the best I can from my experiences. I can give more info on what happens afters its approved if anyone is interested. let me know

    thank you

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    Good info! I'm sure this will help others who want to go Active Army from the Reserve Components.

    How much trouble was it for you to get released? Did you get much counselling on why you should stay with your unit?
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    Our state's Adjutant General visited us here yesterday, and stated he would sign a 368 for any Texas Soldier that requested it. The hard part appears to be getting the Active Army to accept Soldiers in Some MOSes and with certain ranks. It is very common to lose 1 or 2 pay grades when transferring to Active Duty.
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    Good list USDOC. The process hasnt changed when I went from part-timer to Regular-Army back in 2003 and when I did it back in 87 when I joined the Corps.

    I lost ranking doing so both times and I had to switch my MOS (last time wasnt my choice).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grunt Medic TXARNG View Post
    Our state's Adjutant General visited us here yesterday, and stated he would sign a 368 for any Texas Soldier that requested it. The hard part appears to be getting the Active Army to accept Soldiers in Some MOSes and with certain ranks. It is very common to lose 1 or 2 pay grades when transferring to Active Duty.
    thats what I was going to to say:

    E4s can only come in active duty (prior service, reserves, NG) if they hold 1 of about 5 jobs in our list, there is no reclassing no dropping in rank.

    E5s can only come active duty if they hold 1 of three jobs in our list, there is no reclassing and no dropping in rank.

    So its not as easy as the OP stated.

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