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I ETS'd from Active duty at the end of June 2011 and am currently in the IRR. I want to go back to active duty but have been told by active duty recruiters that they cannot help me and that I need to talk to a Reserve career counselor since I am in the reserves. Reserve Career Counselors tell me that since I am attempting to go on Active duty that I need to speak with an Active Duty recruiter. I am just trying to clarify which is accurate and get a bearing so I know what I need to do. I'm 26,11B, E-5 have 5 years on Active Duty, Reentry Code 1. A couple of the recruiters said that the only thing available now is 18X contracts and that since I already have infantry training and have been to jump school that if somehow I can get released from IRR to go active duty that I would be sent straight to SF Selection......That can't be right????? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
Posts: 2 | Registered: 31 January 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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Nope, they are wrong, 18x is only for e4 and below, you CANNOT go active duty as you are an e5 and you cannot request to drop in rank...you cannot talk to the reserve recruiter because you are in the Army IRR...so your only option is to go talk to a career counselor at a Reserve unit and join the Reserves that way, thats IT!

I know b/c im a Rcruiter and dealt with this a lot recently.


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Sorry man but Transam is right...SF is for E-4 and below..there is no way for you to come back onto active duty..and prob wont be for the next few years...this is why all soldiers should have a solid plan before leaving the army...your only hope of getting the paycheck and benifets is to join the RES..and try to get activated or go AGR..


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Thank you for your input and honesty.
 
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skeffer66,

PM me and I'll see what your options are around your area. I'm an Army Reserve Career Counselor.
 
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My time of service was 2002-2005 I'm an e-4, if I go Reserve, what's the honest to god truth about going active? Will I have a better chance of getting back in active duty that way?
 
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going AD from res. or NG is probably very very very very slim.

not impossible, but just as they arent accepting prior service at the recruiters, they arent accepting transfers as well.

now.. your results may vary.. im not a recruiter, or career counsoler.. im sure there are a few floating around who can chime in.

now, i see alot of prior serv. guys asking about going AD and or deploying.. my question is "how long do you want to deploy or go on orders?"

if people are only looking for a year or two.. the join the guard or reserves and check out MobCop and volunteer for a deployment. hell, you basically get to pick where you want to go...
 
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Run that last paragraph for me again please. Looks like I might just do special forces as I hear the benefits are limitless if you get selected.
 
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SF is a great option.
iirc its 18X.. If you are able to make it through.

MobCop is a DoD site where units post available slots, and where Soldiers can go to volunteer/apply for these open slots. these are normally 1 year assignments.
https://mobcop.army.mil/tod/Default_new.aspx
 
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I have a few question if you may
1.Those 1 year assignments how are they beneficial besides the fact that I'll be activated for one year, will they give me an option to stay active after the one year?
2.Are the locations only Afghanistan or Korea, or are some locations in the states?
 
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