Top 10 Reasons to Join the Army AGR Program

The Army AGR Program (Active Guard and Reserve) is quite perhaps the best kept secret in the Army.  Most people who enter the program never leave, unless they retire or are forced out.  Compared to the Active Duty Army, I personally believe the AGR Program is at least ten times better, especially if you want to live in one location most of your life.

Listed below you will find what I personally believe are the top 10 reasons to join the Army AGR Program.  Please keep in mind these points are simply my opinion about the program.

# 1 Job Stability: In today’s economy job stability is pretty much a thing of the past, unless you work for the government.  With the AGR Program, you will have good job stability.  Of course, you could get fired if you have unsatisfactory performance, but it’s highly unlikely.  In most cases, once you get in the program, you don’t have to worry much about getting booted from the program.

# 2 The Retirement :  Just like the Active Duty Army, you can retire in just 20 years and get a pension for life.  And unlike the traditional one weekend per month Soldiers, you won’t have to wait until you are 60 to get a pension.

# 3 Steady Pay: You will get paid on the 1st and the 15th like clockwork!  If you like the thought of a steady paycheck, this is probably just what you are looking for.

# 4 Limited Deployments: AGR Soldiers can deploy, but it doesn’t happen much unless the whole unit deploys.  And compared to most Active Duty Soldiers who have deployed two or more times, many AGR Soldiers have never deployed at all.  Of course, if you want to deploy you can simply volunteer.

# 5 Opportunities to Travel: With the military, you will have opportunities to travel.  This includes deployments, military schools, training exercises, and potential PCS moves.

# 6 Four Day Work Week: Many states offer a four day work week (not all of them though).  This is great when you get to have a three day weekend every week.

# 7 Health Care: With the AGR Program, you get access to TRICARE for you and your family.  You will have health, dental, vision and life insurance and at a very affordable cost.

# 8 Limited PCS Moves : If you are part of the National Guard AGR Program, you will pretty much have your entire career in one state.  It’s not like Active Duty where you will move all over the world every three years.  Yes, you will change jobs every 2-4 years, but normally your place of work won’t be very far away from where it is now.

# 9 Transfer from State to State: If you want to, you can transfer to another state.  For example, if your spouse gets relocated for work, there is a good chance you will be able to transfer to the new location (although it’s not guaranteed).

# 10 Serve Soldiers: Some people might not say this is a benefit, but I think it is.  Most AGR Soldiers work in a support role, where they support the part-time Soldiers assigned to the unit.  Personally, I think this is a very important job, and it’s also very fulfilling.

Final Thoughts

The Army AGR Program has the same benefits as the Active Duty Soldiers, but lots of extra perks (as covered above).  If you are currently serving in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves and are looking for a new, full-time career, you should learn more about the AGR Program by contacting your supervisor or S1 Office.

On a side note, if you have ever served in the Army AGR Program before I would love to hear from you.  Please tell us when you served, what jobs you had, what you liked about the program, and any advice you might have for someone looking to join the AGR Program. Also, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)

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11 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons to Join the Army AGR Program”

  1. I’m stationed in Virginia ( army active duty ) and I’m thinking in joining to AGR, if I join I will get stationed according to my home record ?
    I’m from Miami Florida.

    1. get the app on your device, mil pay calculator or anything similar, it will tell you your basic pay based on your rank, tis, and housing allowance based on your current duty station, of course if you get bonus, you add those yourself

    1. it’s all about availability, like everywhere else, some MOS don’t even have AGR, ie cook, infantry, etc. as MAJ Chuck said, this is the support roll, however, if the unit needs some rare MOS that you have, you can be on ADOS orders. the most crowded area is maintenance, supply, and HR for enlisted side, similarly for officers and WOs, however, medical, transportation, and other command may need you.

      first AGR position will be assigned by the civilian contractors, after that you will be managed by the HRC. AGR is very wide range and can’t take answer from anyone, we all have different stories to tell.

  2. Candace Ginestar

    I always thought I’d like being an AGR Officer. It is not something I would have enjoyed as an enlisted Soldier, though. I also think a title 10 tour at NGB would be an absolutely great developmental time for me.

    1. The AGR program is a love or hate relationship for most AGR folks. Yes, the money is good, but promotions come a bit slower. You also have less opportunities than your M-Day counterparts.

      1. Candace Ginestar

        I agree. I also think the AGRs who are in leadership positions have a harder time and need to assign people to help. For instance, an AGR slotted in a PSG position will have a hard time focusing on their PSG duties because they are expected to do their full time duties during drill, also.

  3. I’m currently an ART, but I was wondering if I were to find and get hired for an AGR position, would I have the flexibility to transfer my AGR job to another state assuming that state had a need for my career field? Would I have to wait until the end of my contract before I could transfer? If the state or other unit that I wanted to transfer to had a need for a full timer, but no AGR slot being advertized, could I transfer my existing AGR position there?
    I was thinking of applying for an AGR position in Florida, and assuming I got the position, work there for maybe a year or two, then try to transfer out to either Texas or Colorado as an AGR, even if that state didn’t have an AGR listing available, but assuming they were still in need of a full time technician for example, but in my case I would transfer over as AGR rather than technician.

    1. Nick,

      I’m not sure what an ART is, so if you could clarify that, that would help.

      As far as transferring your AGR to another state, I know it can be done.

      Are you a title 10 or title 32 AGR?

      I’m also not sure about whether or not you can transfer when you are on your initial contract.

      If possible, answer the questions I just asked you and I will do my best to get you some answers. In addition, hopefully another website visitor can chime in and provide some additional oversight. Thanks.


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