Things just keep getting better and better. Prior to December 2016, the prior service rules didn’t allow many options to go active duty. With the update in December we saw a great increase of availability but now it’s getting really good. Here’s a rundown of who the Regular Army is taking with prior service. Spoiler, there is A LOT of availability.
At the end of this post I’ll link the article so that you can read the entire thing. I will only summarize and break it down so it’s easy to understand. Also, these rules are dated 5 April 2017 and could change at any minute, as did the last rules on 6 December 2016.
The first thing I noticed is that E6 vacancies are back! At one point 35P (Language dependent) were allowed to come back to active duty as an E6 or E7. When the December rules came around there were no vacancies for E6 and above, and just a few E5 vacancies. This is without a doubt a great change for those looking to get back in. Not only are E6 vacancies back, the amount of MOS’s available for E5’s have nearly doubled!
All MOS’s in bold are new vacancies.
a. Vacancies by grade and MOS (changes based on the needs of the Army):
(1) Grades E-1 thru E-4 – all Army MOSs are eligible for enlistment with the exception of the following: 09L, 12W, 13T, 15J, 15S, 89D, 92S, 94Y, or 35P (with language code HE, PG, SC, TH, or UR).
(2) Grade E-5 – 12B, 12C, 12T, 13B, 13F, 13M, 13P, 14E, 14H, 14T, 19D, 19K, 29E, 35G, 35P (with language codes JN, RU, TA), 35T, 46Q, 46R, 68B, 68C, 68L, 68U, 68Y, 88M, 91A, 91L, 91M, 91P, 92G, 92R,or 92W.
(3) Grade E-6 – 12B, 12C, 12D, 12M, 12T, 12Y, CMF 14, 15E,15Q, 15U, 15W, 25E, 31K, 35F, 35G, 35P with language code RU only, 68A, 68B, 68C, 68M, 68S, 68X, 91A, or 91P.
b. If no vacancy exists, the following MOS will be used for retraining (changes based on the needs of the Army):
(1) Grades E-1 thru E-4 – 13F, 14E, 14G, 14H, 18X, 19D, or 19K.
(2) Grades E-5 – 13F, 13M, 13R, 14E, 14H, 14P, 18X, 19D, 19K, or 91A.
(3) Grades E-6 – CMF 14.
c. The following vacancies by grade and MOS are available if already Airborne qualified:
(1) Grades E-1 thru E-4 – 11B, 11C, 12B, 13B, 13F, 15W, 19D, 25B, 25N, 25Q, 25S, 25U, 35F, 35G, 35M, 42A, 68W, 88M, 91B, 91D, 92A, 92F, 92G, 92R, 92Y. Those who are not MOS qualified are authorized Option 3 Training into one of these MOS’s.
(2) Grade E-5 – 27D, 35G, 89B, 92W, and 92Y.
(3) Grades E-6 and above – no vacancies.
You can find this in paragraph 7 on the GOArmy website by clicking here:
A LOT! 20 MOS’s were added for E5’s and now E6’s with the right MOS can come back. Even more retraining options as well for those without an MOS vacancy, including getting airborne qualified. Originally, you would fill a vacancy in the MOS you were currently airborne qualified in.
You can read my original article detailing the 6 December 2016 prior service rules here: http://www.vetcareerblog.ml/prior-service-rules-for-going-active-army-9-dec-16/
Now if you have only been in for a short amount of time, never shipped, or anything out of the ordinary you may qualify for other options, such as option 18. You can read more about these circumstances in the official article. The thing to remember here is that these rules are constantly changing. Just remember, there is always a waiver. It even says that in several parts of this article, like E5’s having to submit a grade determination letter. Always check back on this webpage to see if something changed (it says that too).