Just as I expected, the ability to transfer from National Guard to Active Duty is getting easier with the new administration pushing for a higher strength. This is great news for those Nasty Girls who have always wanted to be active but can’t seem to find an AGR job, or even want to. This new rule will allow select officers, commissioned and warrant, to transfer to the Regular Army.
This is without a doubt a great sign. I have many officer friends who would love to be on active duty but because of the small amount of AGR slots in my state, it’s likely not going to happen for them. For officers, there is usually 2 per National Guard Battalion on active duty. Within that Battalion, you have several enlisted staff members (S1, S3, S4) and 3 enlisted per unit. So, enlisted have a lot better chance at coming on active duty but even then it may take a while. It took me nearly 3 years of working as a technician and being put on temporary orders until finally securing an AGR slot. When it comes to warrants, there are some AGR slots for that but you might as well forget it. Usually there is a property book officer per battalion, sometimes per brigade, and an HR Warrant per brigade. Regardless, it’s all politics and if you don’t network really well you’re likely not going to get noticed.
There Are Rules
Not just anyone is going to be able to make this switch. You are going to have to be what they are looking for.
The CAD program is not a branch transfer program; it is a skills and experience based program that considers officers who are qualified in their requesting branch or functional area.
Eligible commissioned officers:
– All Army Competitive Category basic branch second and first lieutenants who successfully completed their Branch Officer Leadership Course.
– All ACC basic branch captains who completed their Capt. Career Course and successfully completed a key development qualifying assignment with the exception of Adjutant General (42B) and Logistics Branch (90A) Captains that must only have completed the CCC.
– Majors in the branches of Air Defense Artillery (14A), Chemical Corps (74A), Military Intelligence Branch (35D), Finance Corps (36A), Corps of Engineers (12A), Acquisition Corps (FA51), Nuclear and Counter Proliferation (FA52) and Information Operations (FA30). Promotable majors are not eligible.
Eligible warrant officers:
(Specialty List: http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/WOgeninfo_mos.shtml)
– Warrant Officers One (WO1) and Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW2) in MOS 131A, 140A, 140E, 152E/H, 153D/M, 154F, 180A, 255A, 255N, 311A, 352N, 353T, 420A, 881A, 920A, and 923A.
– CW3 in MOS 120A, 125D, 150U, 152E/H, 154F, 180A, 255S, 311A, and 352N.
– CW4 in MOS 120A, 125D, 131A, 150U, 152E/H, 154F, 180A, 255S, 311A, 350F, and 921A.
– CW2, CW3, and CW4 for Army Special Operations Aviation (ARSOA) assignment in MOS 152H, 152D, 153D, 153M, 154C, 154F, and 155A/E/G.
Then There Are More Rules
With this just happening, the Guard is likely working together a packet of some sort for the desired officers to complete and forward up the chain. Anything that involves leaving the guard, even temporary, is going to need the TAG’s approval, so get ready to hurry up and wait. That kind of approval takes time, and with the other officers out there sending packets, it’s only going to take longer. If you qualify and desire to make this transition you should contact your unit ASAP and see about getting this started.