What to Expect If Reenlisting in the US Army


Prior Service (PS) is defined as 180 days or more of Active Duty (AD); applicants who are MOS qualified are considered as PS regardless of time in AD.

Armed Forces Reentry Eligibility Codes

Regardless of Reenlistment Eligibility (RE) Code, applicants may require a waiver for the reason and authority for separation release, discharge, and transfer. An RE code cannot be upgraded unless it was administratively incorrect when originally issued.

Special Qualifications for Former Officers

Under 10 USC 3258, a person is NOT entitled to enlist if they were discharged or released from AD as an officer on the basis of the following:
  • Misconduct
  • Moral or professional dereliction
  • Duty performance below prescribed standards for the grade held
  • Retention being inconsistent with the interests of national security
  • Former enlisted status and grade were based solely on the participation by that person in a pre-commissioning program that resulted in the Reserve commission held by that person during AD rom which the person was released or discharged

Required Documentation for Verifying PS

You will need to provide an original or certified copy of latest DD Form 214. If you can't provide a DD Form 214 or DD Form 215, the following documents may be used to verify PS. Copies must be furnished to recruiting officials directly or through military channels by the records custodian for forms cited below:
  1. Certified, true copy of copy 2 of DD Form 214
  2. DD Form 220 (Active Duty Report)
  3. NGB Form 22 (Report of Separation and Record of Service) will verify periods of Army National Guard or Air National Guard service.
  4. DMDC REDD level 2
If the above documents are not available, then a request for verification will be submitted to the USAREC Liaison Team. Such requests will require the following information:
  1. Exact name under which you served
  2. Social Security Number
  3. Organization from which you were last discharged
  4. Type of discharge claimed
  5. If exact dates of service are not known, approximate dates
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