Prior Service

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SG Nutron
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I have been out of the Army National Guard since 1998, I am currently 32 years old and thinking about enlisting again. Would I have to repeat BCT and AIT all over again? I was an 11B before.

My current Guard unit was deployed in 09 and I was wondering would they be deploying again or what are the odds they would deploy again? The unit is made up off 19D 11D and 11B, I believe they also have an artillery unit to.

Thanks alot for the help.

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SG Nutron
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Prior service Question

Does anyone have an answer to this question?

MSG Glenn
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@Natron

The person who can best answer your question is an Army Recruiter. At this time it's very difficult getting back in as prior service. It depends a lot on the rank you had when you were discharged. MOS choices might be limited.

Business rules & available MOSs for PS can vary from month to month depending on the needs of the Army. If you were out that long I can only guess but I think you'd have to do BCT over & if you went into an MOS other than 11B you'd have to do AIT of course. You'd probably wind up going to Infantry OSUT if you were allowed to keep 11B. Warfare is altogether different than what it was in '98.

Again - contact a Recruiter. Don't waste time. They'll be getting very busy in a few weeks with H.S. & college grads.

If you want to reenter the Guard see a Guard Recruiter. I think your old unit's chances of being deployed are good since it's been a couple of years since their last employment.

Shawn1984
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Prior service.

@MSG Glenn. Well I am interested if I could get in. My health is the same. I would make tape for sure, Im 6ft and 170 and no health problems. Only issue I think is like you said is having prior service. Although I have an RE-1 which is what they stated on this webiste of what they want. I separated as an E-4 and I would even take a lower pay grade if need be. I also have no criminal record as well. So the only open MOS is 11B? Hell I would even take that.

Shawn1984
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Prior service

Hello,
I got out of the Navy about 4 years ago and was Honorably discharged with an RE-1. My question is, can I enlist in the Army? I am 27 and have 30 college credits from a community college. Am I able to join on Active Duty in the Army?

MSG Glenn
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@ Shawn1984

At this time the only MOS that prior service can enlist in is 18X, Special Forces. You must meet the requirements for SF. That includes the age limit - 20 to 30 years old. You'll have to go through Infantry OSUT. That's basic & Infantry School run together as one course. Then Airborne School. After that it'll be Special Forces Assessment & Selection. If you bust out of that, & many do, you'll be an Infantryman. You might not go into an Airborne unit even though you're jump qualified. Most Airborne units aren't accepting SF or Ranger washouts.

I wouldn't waste any time contacting a Recruiter. Policy changes all the time & when SF is up to strength I fear that PS enlistment will stop unless there's another MOS that's critically short of manpower. The Army is going through a severe drawdown of troops & fewer recruits are needed. That coupled with the fact that Recruiters receive no credit towards their recruiting mission for prior service. They have plenty of work with new recruits trying to enlist & might be hesitant to even work with you. This will get even worse with graduations of high schools & colleges & will last into next fall.

Good luck & keep me advised.

bsharitt
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I'm also prior enlisted, but

I'm also prior enlisted, but Air Force and I actually want to go in as an 18X(or 11B if I washout of SF), so that works for me. I was an E-5 when I got out(2 years ago this month). What paygrade will I be able to join the Army as?

MSG Glenn
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@ bsharitt

You might have a problem enlisting as a prior service who was an E-5. I think E-4 is as high as you have been in prior service. If that's wrong then please come back on & let me know either way. Policy changes faster than I can keep up with. I also heard something about a 3 year separated from service limit on coming back in.

Contact a Recruiter & do it soon. A simple phone call will do. Things will get tighter with schools graduating soon. Prior service enlistees only take up Recruiters' time because they don't receive credit toward their recruitment mission getting them back in although it takes the same amount of time & effort, sometimes more, than a new recruit. Most are more than happy to work with you if you meet all of the requirements.

rtoldoya
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prior service female

I'm wondering if anything has changed since the last message. I'm prior service active duty as a 68E and am currently a 68E in the reserve. I'm wondering if there is an opportunity available now to go in as a pharmacy tech or a 68G?

MSG Glenn
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@ rtoldoya

That's a tough one. Since prior service can only go in MOS 18X Special Forces & since Special Forces is closed to females I'm not even sure you'll be allowed to go Active Army. I had asked a Recruiter (no longer on recruiting duty) a few months ago what would happen to a prior service female & he told me that he never had to deal with that but he said it was a hard & set rule. It's possible that policy has changed since then. That's something you'll have to take up with an Active Duty Recruiter I'm afraid. When you contact one please come back here to let everyone know what he tells you. I for one would like to know.

If you can't go in the Regular Army maybe you could apply for an AGR slot & serve as an Active Duty Reservist at the unit. You'd get all the benefits as any other Active Army Soldier.

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Your correct because she's

Your correct because she's female there's nothing really she can do. These PS rules have been killing us. If anything changes I will post it.