If you’ve already resigned your commission completely and are no longer serving in the IRR, USAR or ARNG, you can come back into the ARNG. The process isn’t simple or fast, but it can be done. There are a few steps you need to do. I will share these steps in more detail below.
Step # 1 Pick Your State
The first thing you need to do is decide which state you want to partner up with. It might be your previous state that you served with, or if you are moving (or have moved) it might be a different state.
Step # 2 Contact the Officer Strength Manager
The next step is to contact the Officer Strength Manager for that state. For instance, if you are trying to join the Idaho Army National Guard, you would do an internet search for “Idaho Army National Guard Officer Strength Manager.” If that search doesn’t produce the results you desire, simply contact the state’s G1 Office and they can put you in touch with the Officer Strength Manager.
Step # 3 Complete the Data Sheet and JPAS Release
Your next step is to complete the data sheet they send you and fill out the JPAS Release. This will allow the Officer Strength Manager to check to see if you still have a current security clearance. If your security clearance is expired, you will have to get a new security clearance before you move forward in the process. This can add 3-6 months to the process; sometimes longer.
Step # 4 Complete the Field Grade Board Checklist or Officer Checklist
In most cases, you will need to provide the documents on the checklist. These documents might include: military bio, DD214, last 3 OERs, DA Photo, awards, 2LT Appointment Letter, Last Promotion Order (FED REC) military education and 2-1. Once the OSM receives this information, your packet will go before the board. Most states hold a board once a month.
Step # 5 Go Before the Board
In most cases, your packet will go before the board for the initial review. In some cases, you might need to appear before a board before you can re-enter the ARNG. Some states might have two or more different boards.
Step # 6 Get Assigned to a Unit
Once this process is get complete, you will be assigned to a unit based upon the state’s needs.
Please know that this process can vary state by state. In many cases the process will take you 3-12 months depending upon your specific situation. I suggest that you contact the Officer Strength Manager and work with them closely. They will know the ins and outs of this process.
On a side note, if you’ve gone through this process before, or know more about the process, I would love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment to this post.
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