Originally posted by WO1 Utley:
So in the guard it is more decentralized? Never knew. I've been active my whole time so this is something new to me.
Up to E-4 is automatic just like AD. Reserves promotions are different because they have a larger pool to deal with. In the Guard, you deal with what is open in your state only. A Guardsman can seek a transfer in another state and that process is called an IST (inter-state transfer). States that are close to one another like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut has people living in one state and serving in another. Also, the Guard has AGR positions that fall under Title 32 (state) than Title 10 (federal).
Trust me, when I switched from Marine Corps active to the Connecticut Army National Guard, it was a beast to learn how things worked. Then when I switched to Army active, I had to go through the board all over again; even though I was an NCO and had BNCOC common core completed.
Good thing that my Guard PLDC/WLC and common core counted on AD and my other stuff (correspondence courses from the Corps and the ones I finished while in the Guard). I went from E-4 to E-6 in two years on AD.
I was activated for 9/11 (Operation Noble Eagle) when I was in the Guard and when I came on active duty, I did not know those days on federal active service could be counted towards my BASD. I had to provide all my old LES (I had to contact DFAS) to show my dates on federal active service (e.g. annual training, WLC, reclass MOS training) and I got 7 months plus added to my BASD. If not, I would have been retiring with a much later date than I do now.