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Guard, Reserve transfer program renewed

Sep. 22, 2008 - 05:34PM   |   Last Updated: Sep. 22, 2008 - 05:34PM  |  
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Programs that offer National Guard and Army Reserve officers an opportunity to transfer to the active component have been renewed for 2009.

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Programs that offer National Guard and Army Reserve officers an opportunity to transfer to the active component have been renewed for 2009.

Included in the changes to Call to Active Duty, or CAD, is a special category for lieutenants of the Individual Ready Reserve.

The programs do not apply to officers who are participating in a presidential call-up of reserves, or partial or full mobilization.

The Call to Active Duty, or CAD, programs are different from the ongoing Recall to Active Duty program, which is targeted at retired aviators in the ranks of major and CW3 through CW5.

The CAD programs do apply to officers assigned to troop units, and the Individual Mobilization Augmentee and Individual Ready Reserve programs.

Officers approved for voluntary transfer will enter on active duty in their current grade, and subsequently will become eligible for promotion consideration, based on their date of rank.

Dates of rank, as well as branch and functional areas, will be determined by the Human Resources Command as part of the accession process, according to David Quimby, deputy chief of operations and plans for the HRC's Officer Personnel Management Directorate.

Most officers will move to the active component in their current branch or functional area.

However, officers can request to be accessed in another branch or specialty.

Requests will be evaluated based on an officer's qualifications and Army requirements, much like preference statements are evaluated for career field designation boards, Quimby said.

Under policy guidance issued in early September, transfer opportunities are available to the following categories of commissioned and warrant officers:

Army Competitive Category (basic line branches and functional areas) lieutenant colonels, majors, captains and warrant officers of all ranks.

Also included in the annual program are lieutenants of the Individual Ready Reserve who have completed the Basic Officer Leadership Course.

Lieutenants who are assigned to Guard and Reserve troop units are not eligible for the program.

The Army will place special emphasis during the coming year on accessing reserve officers with contracting or acquisition experience.

Officers who would like to transfer to the active component in specialty 51C (contracting), and most likely be assigned to a position with the new Army Contracting Command, should call HRC's Acquisition Management Branch at (703) 325-3128, or DSN 221-3128.

Application procedures and other information about the Army Competitive Category program are available at the Human Resources Command Web site:">

Army Medical Department officers in ranks and specialties to be determined by the Office of the surgeon General.

For specific information, officers should contact the Health Services Directorate of Army Recruiting Command.

Toll-free telephone numbers are: 1-800-223-3735, ext. 60367, and DSN 536-0367, ext. 60367.

Chaplain Corps officers in categories to be determined by the Office of the Chief of Chaplains.

For specific information, call (703) 601-1128, or DSN 329-1128.

Judge Advocate General's Corps officers in categories to be determined by the Officer of the Judge Advocate General.

For specific information, call toll-free 1-866-276-9524; commercial (703) 696-2822, or DSN 426-2822.

The Army Competitive Category CAD program generated about 400 officer accessions annually in 2007 and 2008, according to Renee Marshall, a CAD program manager for the Human Resources Command.

The 2006 program was exceptionally large, about 800, because it included an eligibility category for IRR lieutenants, just like the 2009 program.

Marshall said it takes her office four to six weeks to process applications that are submitted with all the proper documentation.

Applications packets that are missing required documents will be returned to applicants.

"Officers should go to the Web site for information on preparing an application packet," she said.

Applications from National Guard officers must include a conditional release from the Guard by their state adjutant general, as well as chain of command endorsements.

Army Reserve requests must include a chain of command endorsement from the rank of colonel, or higher.

All applicants must be able to complete 20 years of active Federal commissioned service before reaching age 62.

Additionally, commissioned officer applicants must be able to complete at least 20 years of active federal commissioned service before reaching 20 years of total active federal service.

This means commissioned officers with 10 or more years of active federal service as enlisted soldiers are not eligible for the program.

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