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|Summary of Major Changes|
|12 January 2021|
FY21 SRIP added
4 September 2020
16 April 2020
21 October 2019
01 October 2019
30 July 2019
01 July 2019
01 March 2019
12 September 2018
16 July 2018
02 July 2018
22 June 2018
02 March 2018
09 January 2018
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The following operational messages have been rescinded as of 1 March 2019.
13-009 - Policy for scanning document into ERM
13-021 - Prescreen ASVAB Internet-based Computerized Adaptive Testing (PiCAT) Pilot
13-042 - Student School Letter
14-003 - PiCAT availability
14-030 - Required Query of the National Sex Offender Public Website
14-031 - ARNG SMP Agreement, NGB Form 594-1
14-035 - Required use of college enrollment letter for verification
16-008 - Use of PHA and separation history and physical examination for enlistment
16-016 - Processing of PS applicants discharged for homosexuality
17-012 - Updated suitability review procedures
17-037 - Implementation of the Modified PSBCT Course
17-044 - Required Query of the National Sex Offender Public Website
17-045 - Implementation of the Work Preference Assessment Special Purpose Test
17-046 - Updated High School Junior Senior Verification Letter and Policy Guidance
17-060 - DD 368 (Request for Conditional Release) Army Individual ready Reserve (IRR) Correction
18-012 - ARNG Recruit Force Pool Enlistment Option with Lawful Permanent Resident Guidance
18-021 - Operational changes to AR 601-210, para 2-10 and 3-8
18-054 - SMP and OCS enlistment option checklist
18-067 - ARNG Urgent Waiver Process
Note: SMOM 18-069 Updated Prior Service Field Enlistment Checklist and Policy Guidance was removed from the list above. It has NOT been rescinded.
The following operational messages have been rescinded as of 1 April 2020.
20-006 - AOC Operational Changes
20-022 - MEPS Processing Applicant Identification (ID) Requirements
20-026 - Processing Conditional I-551 Card Holders
20-027 - DD Form 368 Army IRR
20-028 - Refresher Training For PS Personnel
The following operational messages have been rescinded IAW SMOM 20-054.
18-075 CH1 - ARNG Waiver Processing Guidance
20-032 - Processing Waivers during COVID-19
1-1. Purpose (IAW AOC)
This policy prescribes eligibility criteria governing the enlistment of persons, with or without prior service(PS), into the Army National Guard (ARNG). It provides policies and procedures to process applicants for enlistment in the ARNG using specific options. This policy is intended to be used in conjunction with AR 601-210, it is not a supplement. This policy supersedes previous editions. This policy is formatted so chapters (with exception to Chapter 4) are formatted with AR 601-210. See AR 601-210 for chapters not listed in this policy.
1-2. References (IAW AOC)
See Appendix A.
1-3. Explanation of abbreviations and terms (IAW AOC)
Specific program responsibilities are listed in each chapter.
a. The Secretary of the Army will—
(1) Except as specifically provided by law, establish enlistment qualifications for the RA, USAR, and ARNG.
(2) Be the denial authority for enlistment. See paragraph 1–6 for additional information and exceptions.
b. The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) (ASA (M&RA) will serve as the review and approval authority for the continuation or implementation of new incentives, pilots, or programs.
c. The Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS), G–1 will develop and maintain policy and programs for RA, USAR, and ARNG enlistments, to include policy governing Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), ROTC Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), and the Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program (ACASP).
(1) The Commanding General (CG), U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC) will—
(a) Control enlistments under the RA Enlistment Program.
(b) Have responsibility for personnel actions pertaining to RA enlistments.
(2) The CG, U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) will—
(a) Control enlistment under the RA DEP per paragraph 5–30.
(b) Have final responsibility for personnel actions pertaining to DEP, DTP, and delayed military service obligation (MSO) enlistments.
(c) Organize and administer the submission of National Agency Check with Local Agency and Credit Check (NACLC), single scope background investigation, National Intelligence Agency Checks (NIAC) and fingerprint checks for RA and USAR enlistments.
(d) Coordinate with DCS, G–2 for receipt of NIAC results.
(e) Submit requests for continuation or implementation of new incentives, pilots, or programs through the DCS, G–1 to ASA (M&RA) for consideration.
d. The Chief, Army Reserve (CAR) will—
(1) Have control of enlistments under the USAR Enlistment Program.
(2) Have responsibility for personnel actions pertaining to USAR enlistments.
(3) Exercise staff supervision and management of the SMP of the USAR as it pertains to ROTC cadets.
(4) Submit requests for continuation or implementation of new incentives, pilots, or programs through the DCS, G–1 to ASA (M&RA) for consideration.
e. The Director, Army National Guard (DARNG) will—
(1) Control enlistments under the Reserve Component (RC) Enlistment Program for ARNG enlistees.
(2) Have overall responsibility for developing and maintaining policy and programs for Army National Guard of the United States (ARNGUS) enlistments.
(3) Submit requests for continuation or implementation of new incentives, pilots, or programs through the DCS, G–1 to ASA (M&RA) for consideration.
(4) Exercise staff supervision and management of the SMP of the ARNG as it pertains to ROTC cadets.
(5) Organize and administer the submission of the NACLC, single scope background investigation, NIAC, and fingerprint checks for ARNG enlistments.
(6) Coordinate with DCS, G–2 for receipt of NIAC results.
f. The DCS, G–2 will coordinate with CG, USAREC; DARNG; and CAR for receipt of NIAC results.
g. The Commander, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM) will process applicants and enlistees per chapters 5 and 6 and AR 601–270.
1–5. U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School
Refer to AR 601-210.
1–6. Secretarial authority
a. Establishment of qualifications for enlistment. Except as specifically provided by law, establishment of qualifications for enlistment in the RA, USAR, and ARNG is the prerogative of the Secretary of the Army.
b. Denial of enlistment. Except as delegated herein or by special Army directive, denial of enlistment will be at the discretion of the Secretary of the Army. Denial may be given either in an individual case or by an order applicable to all cases specified in that order. The Secretary of the Army may deny enlistment to any person who otherwise meets criteria in this regulation. However (for RA only), the Secretary of the Army may not deny the enlistment of the following:
(1) A former enlisted member of the RA who—
(a) Has served continuously on AD as a Reserve officer of the Army and was discharged as an RA enlisted member to immediately accept a temporary appointment as an officer of the Army;
(b) Is separated from AD as an Army of the United States, or Reserve commissioned officer, or warrant officer while serving as a commissioned or warrant officer;
(c) Was terminated by an honorable discharge or by relief from AD for a purpose other than to await appellate review of a sentence that includes dismissal or dishonorable discharge; and
(d) Makes application for enlistment within 6 months after separation from AD as a Reserve or Army of the United States officer.
(2) Any RA enlisted member who—
(a) Has been placed on the temporary disability retired list (TDRL);
(b) Is later found to be physically fit under 10 USC 1211(a)(3); and
(c) Makes application for enlistment within 90 days after removal from the TDRL.
(3) ARNG applicants under 10 USC 312(a), provided they waive their exemption from militia duty.
1–7. Penalties for violating
a. Military personnel who violate or fail to comply with this regulation are subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), for violation of Article 92(1). Also, military members may be subject to punishment under the UCMJ for violation of Article 92(3) or Article 84. Particular attention should be given to UCMJ, Article 84, which states, “Any person subject to this chapter who effects an enlistment in or a separation from the Armed Forces of any person who is known to him to be ineligible for enlistment, or separation because it is prohibited by law, regulation, or order shall be punished as court-martial may direct.”
b. Department of the Army (DA) civilians who violate or fail to comply with this regulation are subject to disciplinary action under the proper Office of Personnel Management regulation.
c. Commanders will consider initiating disciplinary action against military personnel and DA civilians when proper.
a. All persons who process applicants for enlistment in the RA, USAR, or ARNG will use the utmost care to procure qualified personnel. Eligibility of personnel will be based on their ability to meet all requirements, to include procurement of prescribed waivers. No applicant will be accepted for enlistment before approval of any required waiver. Processing will be immediately discontinued if an applicant for enlistment in the RA, USAR, or ARNG admits to a non-waiverable disqualifying condition. This includes, but is not limited to, an applicant who is determined to be drug dependent, admits to a pending law violation or fine, or displays other non-waiverable medical, conduct, or administrative disqualifications in paragraph 4–22. For the purpose of this paragraph, military entrance processing station (MEPS) processing includes medical examination, special tests, or enlistment.
b. Applicants for enlistment in the USAR or ARNG will not be accepted unless reasonable assurance exists that they will be available and able to take part satisfactorily with the unit concerned; they also will be available for immediate order to AD in an emergency or partial or full mobilization. In this respect, careful thought will be given to the following:
(1) Normal commuting time and distance of day-to-day job.
(2) Possible conflicts with civilian occupation.
(3) Past performance as USAR or ARNG member.
(4) Frequency of past relocations of residence.
(5) Applicants with spouse and dependent children who apply for waiver of the dependency restriction must thoroughly understand that responsibility for dependent children in no way lessens their obligations for satisfactory participation in the USAR or ARNG and availability for mobilization.
1–9. Enlistment in any U.S. Armed Force by U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard members
a. Enlisted Soldiers of the USAR who desire to enlist in the RC of another U.S. Armed Force will be governed by AR 140–10 for enlistment in the USAR and NGR 600–200 for enlistment in the ARNG.
b. Enlisted Soldiers of troop program units (TPUs) of the USAR, ARNG, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), Standby Reserve, or ROTC, to include SMP, who desire to enlist in the Regular Component, to include DEP or MSO delayed status, may enlist under paragraph 5–21.
c. RC enlisted Soldiers of the USAR and the ARNGUS who meet the criteria outlined in 10 USC 12686 (sanctuary period) will be processed by Commander, HRC, in accordance with paragraph 3–17b(4).
1–10. U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard membership
a. Personnel become enlisted members of the USAR (Selected Reserve or IRR) or ARNG by—
(1) Enlistment of RA Soldiers in the USAR or ARNG to complete the remainder of an MSO. On completion of the statutory obligation (expiration term of service), the member must continue in a military status by reenlistment or extension under AR 140–111 or NGR 600–200 or be discharged from the RC.
(2) Enlistment of ARNG members in the USAR. On discharge from the ARNG, a member may still retain Reserve of the Army status and be required to complete a remaining contractual or statutory MSO. On completion of the obligation, either statutory or contractual expiration term of service, the member must either reenlist immediately under AR 140–111 or be discharged from the USAR. Extensions are authorized under the policy contained in AR 140–111. Enlistment of ARNG personnel into the USAR will also be in accordance with AR 140–111 and NGR 600–200.
(3) Transfer from the Retired Reserve to the Ready Reserve under AR 140–10, with the approval of the Secretary of the Army, if the member is drawing retired pay. These personnel are not required to execute a Department of Defense (DOD) DD Form 4 or process for enlistment or reenlistment. They remain on an indefinite Ready Reserve status until age 60.
(4) Transfer from the Retired Reserve to the Ready Reserve under AR 140–10, with the approval of Commander, HRC, if the member is not drawing retired pay. These personnel must be reenlisted under AR 140–111.
(5) Enlistment in the USAR by completing a DD Form 4 and executing an oath of enlistment when applying from civilian status or from another military service of the United States. These enlistments are accomplished under policy in chapters 2, 3, and 5.
b. Service in the USAR or ARNG is either statutory or contractual.
(1) Statutory service. Under provisions of 10 USC 651, each person who becomes a member of a U.S. Armed Force, either by enlistment, appointment, or induction, will serve in the U.S. Armed Forces for a total initial period of 8 years. Any part of such service that is not AD will be performed in an RC. A person’s statutory MSO runs concurrently with a contractual MSO.
(2) Contractual service. Each person who enlists or reenlists in a U.S. Armed Force executes a contractual agreement (DD Form 4) that establishes the terms of the service to be performed in that U.S. Armed Force. The contractual agreement runs concurrently with the statutory obligation incurred under 10 USC 651. Following fulfillment of this statutory obligation, any subsequent military service is served according to the terms of the contractual agreement governing the Soldier’s current enlistment period.
1–11. Valid enlistment or reenlistment agreements
a. DD Form 4. DD Form 4, together with appropriate annexes, is the only valid agreement that exists between the person and DA for enlistment in the RA or the USAR; or between the person and the National Guard Bureau (NGB) for enlistment in the ARNG. For continued RA, USAR, or ARNG membership, when the term of service agreed to in
such an agreement expires, one of the following applies:
(1) The agreement will be extended.
(2) A new DD Form 4 and oath of enlistment will be executed.
b. Transfer order (reassignment order) (for U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard only). A transfer order (reassignment order) is published to serve as the source document and authority to move members between the USAR, ARNG, or to the IRR. This order never alters terms of an enlistment agreement and never replaces an enlistment
1–12. Referral of applicants to higher headquarters
U.S. Army recruiting personnel have detailed knowledge about enlistment eligibility. They also have a general knowledge of normal conditions in the Army. The recruiter will resolve cases locally or request further assistance when needed through the chain of command.