If you’ve transitioned from active duty to guard or reserve for any amount of time now, you probably have seen how low the pay is and how different it is on the outside. People are excited to be making $15/hr, like it’s a fortune, but we were use to making $30/hr or more, depending on your rank. It’s a different world out there, and it’s not for all of us. Nevertheless, you may want to consider going back on active duty, just through a different route. Maybe you have always been guard and your state doesn’t have any AGR vacancies, here’s something that might help.
Hey Sarge, how do I get on orders?
Often times, even while I was AGR, soldiers would approach me asking about any deployments coming up or ways to get on orders so they could make some extra money. It’s very rare to find a soldier who would lose money coming on orders. The Army has a few resources that can be used if you are considering going back on active duty.
Personally, when I left it was great at first. I had reached that burnout phase I think, so it was a breath of fresh air while on transitional leave. That feeling soon left as I needed to go back to work. After nearly 120 jobs applied for, I realized active duty, at least AGR, was a lot easier to navigate. It was a simple packet with some DA and DD forms in it. A memo here and there. No long complex resumes with work history and phone numbers from your first employer 10 years ago…
Anyway, if you are wanting to get back on active duty but left AGR or even transferred from Regular Army, there are a few ways to get back on Active Duty. Here are 4 sites you should know about if you are looking for an active duty tour. Get your CAC ready.
Tour of Duty (TOD)
Tour of Duty is much like a national job site for everyone in the Army. Here you can search tons of vacancies nationwide for reserve and guard. After logging in, you can set up your profile and upload every NCOER you have to provide a rating within TOD and save files for applications. Search by MOS, rank, country, you name it. Most tours are 1 year, with some being deployments NTE 400 days and the occasional 2-3 year tour for a Warrior Transition Unit WTU position.
Within MILSUITE, you can sometimes find tours, but mostly you will see vacancies for reserve status soldiers to fill. Much like TOD, you will need to provide some documents to apply.
Guard Knowledge Online (GKO) is the Guard version of AKO. You can find tours and apply for T10 AGR here as well. (If you were/are AGR now for the guard, you were/are T32) Most of the tours listed are for E8+ and officers, but on the right side of the screen you will see information about T10 AGR packets. Here you can download the checklist to become AGR, without the restriction of your state. Much like active army, you can provide a preference sheet showing the kind of job you would like to do and the location you would like to work. These positions are not always announced, so submit your packet as instructed.
Personal Force Innovation hasn’t proved to be very helpful to me, but nevertheless, you can find tours here. Personally, I haven’t found this to be that great, but there are a lot of MilPay technician tours here at various bases.
Hopefully that helps. Some soldiers don’t even know this exists so I decided to document it. I meet many soldiers who, after finishing their IET for the Guard, realize they should have been active and think they are stuck for 6 years. Here’s a solution to that. Or, maybe you just want a change of pace from your state AGR to being AGR at DC working for the big dogs. Whatever the case, I hope this helps. Share it with your soldiers who may be interested in the same things.
If you have any questions on how to navigate these sites or if you know of another place where tours are hiding leave it in the comments.
Thanks for reading.