14 June 2021

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SECTION I
CIVILIAN ACQUIRED SKILLS PROGRAM

7-1. General
This chapter provides policy and guidance for implementing the CASP. CASP attracts and uses persons with civilian-acquired skills required by the Army. Persons qualified for CASP may be given an advance in grade upon enlistment.

7-2. Objectives
The objectives of the Civilian Acquired Skills Program (CASP) are as follows:

a. Enlistment of qualified personnel with civilian-acquired skills needed by the Army.
b. To increase Soldier’s job satisfaction.
c. To improve personnel classification and utilization while maintaining MOS performance standards.
d. Reduce training loads and costs.
e. To add means for rapid mobilization of personnel.

7-3. Procedures (IAW AOC)
a. Director, Army National Guard (DARNG) has overall responsibility for policies pertaining to CASP and will –

(1) Conduct periodic review for addition and deletion of skills and submit recommended changes to the Office of DCSPER (ODCSPER) (DAPE-MPA).
(2) Develop criteria for skills to be added to the CASP.
(3) Review and comment on recommendations submitted by other agencies.

b. The Adjutant General (TAG) will –

(1) Conduct periodic review and submit recommendations for adding of or deletion of skills to ARNG-HRH.
(2) Review and comment on recommendations submitted by subordinate organizations or individuals.

c. Recruiting and Retention Commander (RRC) will –

(1) Implement processing procedures contained in this policy.
(2) Develop and implement advertising, procurement plans, and procedures to attract qualified applicants for the CASP enlistment option.
(3) Promote the CASP and ensure vocational, technical and nursing schools are canvassed as a source of ready-trained assets for ARNG units.

d. Unit commanders who have Soldiers enlisted utilizing the CASP option will –

(1) Ensure CASP Soldiers are properly assigned and considered for accelerated promotions in a timely manner.
(2) Utilize Soldiers in the CASP PMOS for at least one year.

e. MEPS Guidance Counselors (GC) will verify applicant qualifications and coordinate opportunities for benefits under the CASP with the RRC.

7-4. Eligibility (IAW AOC)
CASP is available to qualified applicants, both with and without prior military service. Skills acquired through military service will not be used when qualifying applicants for CASP.

a. CASP is an enlistment option only and cannot be used for Soldiers current serving in the ARNG. Applicants must –

(1) Meet basic eligibility standards outlined in AR 601-210.
(2) Meet MOS requirements outlined in DA Pam 611-21.
(3) Have had either the training or experience in the civilian acquired skill within the preceding 24 months of the effective date of enlistment.

b. Soldiers currently serving in the ARNG who seek MOS determination based on civilian training are considered to be reclassifying and must request a waiver of formal school training from the proponent through ARNG-ASO. Aviation MOS determination will be routed through DARNG (ARNG-AV) to the proponent for determination. Applicants who have unusual or unfamiliar training and experience relevant to a CASP MOS, will request for determination of equivalency from the proponent through ARNG-ASO.

7-5. Enlistment periods (IAW AOC)
Periods of enlistment will be established by REQUEST and as announced by DCS, G-1 for special categories of persons and for selected MOSs.

7-7. Basic training requirement (IAW AOC)
a. PS applicants who have not completed Army BCT, USMC BCT, or equivalent training during previous military service must complete BCT and any prerequisite training for awarding of the CASP MOS.
b. All NPS and GNPS applicants must complete BCT and any prerequisite training for award of the CASP MOS.

7-8. Requirement for prerequisite training (IAW AOC)
a. No MOS training during IADT will be offered under the CASP, except as outlined in Table 7-1.
b. Select MOSs available under the CASP require completion of specified training as a prerequisite for award of the MOS.
c. Award of the CASP MOS and promotion to the accelerate rank will not be considered until successful completion of all required training to include prerequisite training. Prerequisite training may be accomplished during IADT or Active Duty for Training (ADT) at a later date, or through completion of correspondence course, or approved ARNG/USAR schools.
d. Prerequisite training may be accomplished -

(1) during IADT or Active Duty for Training (ADT) at a later date
(2) through completion of correspondence course
(3) through attendance of approved ARNG/USAR schools

7-9. Requirement for proficiency training (IAW AOC)
a. CASP training options require completion of a specified period of proficiency training as a prerequisite for awarding of the MOS as outlined in Table 7-2. Proficiency training is a specified period of time a Soldier functions in the MOS for which enlisted. The training should be performed during regularly scheduled training assemblies or equivalent training periods. The training is a transition period that allows Soldiers to apply acquired civilian skills to the military. The proficiency training time is provided by the commander to evaluate the Soldier’s ability to function in the MOS.
b. Prior to awarding of the MOS or promotion to the accelerated rank, the Soldier must perform the major requirements and meet physical standards described in DA Pam 611-21.

7-10. Determination of qualifications and enlistment grades (IAW AOC)
a. CASP applicants must present valid evidence of completion of required civilian training to enlistment authorities. This evidence may include:

(1) Certificates or diplomas. Must have the original seal of the institution or be notarized as true copies.
(2) Union cards. Training may include successful completion of union, industry, or government recognized training or apprenticeship programs.
(3) Employment records. Evidence must validate the period of actual work experience, training received, degree of proficiency attained, and a summary of summary of duties and training in the civilian acquired skill.
(4) Board of registry or professional society certificate of registration.
(5) School transcript(s) or diploma(s).
(6) Civil Service Apprentice or Journeyman certification.
(7) National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician certification. Must be valid through IET.

b. Applicants who meet training and work experience requirements, as outlined in Table 7-1, and satisfy all other enlistment criteria will be enlisted in pay grade E-4. Upon successful completion of BCT and other training listed in the appropriate option, as outlined in Table 7-2, individuals may be promoted to the accelerated grade indicated in Table 7-1. Promotion to the higher grade is not guaranteed.
c. ARNG Bands Enlistment Options are outlined in Table 7-2.

7-11. Award of military occupational specialty, enlistment grade, and accelerated promotion (IAW AOC)
a. Applicants eligible to enlist under CASP will enlist in pay grade E-4. Promotion to the accelerated grade and award of the MOS authorized by the enlistment agreement may be made without regard to time in grade (TIG) or time in service (TIS), provided the accelerated promotion rank does not exceed the rank of the MTOE/TDA position to which the Soldier is assigned. When the Soldier has been awarded the CASP MOS and promoted to the accelerated rank, promotions are regulated by AR 600-8-19 and classifications actions are regulated by NGR 600-200.
b. The Soldier’s immediate commander may deny or defer promotion to the accelerated rank.Reasons for denying or deferring promotion may be any failure of the Soldier to demonstrate proper conduct during the proficiency-training period or failure to demonstrate minimum level of performance for the MOS. The immediate commander is guided in this determination by the minimum MOS qualifications outlined in DA Pam 611-21 and this policy.
c. The commander will advise the Soldier in writing of the reason for denying or deferring accelerated promotion and file the record of counseling, including basis and results, in the Soldier’s Official Military Personnel File as a permanent document. The Soldier will indicate on the counseling verifying they have read the statement, and if they submitted a statement on their behalf.
d. On denial of accelerated promotion using CASP, the commander may appoint the Soldier to any lower rank, but not lower than the pay grade in which the Soldier enlisted, provided the Soldier is not currently serving in the rank.
e. The immediate commander may defer promotion for up to four scheduled unit training assemblies(UTA). When this occurs, the Soldier may be promoted to the higher grade or denied promotion at any time at the end of the proficiency –training, or as listed in Table 7-2. After completion of the initial proficiency-training and the deferred period indicated above, a Soldier may be promoted to the CASP authorized grade or lower rank as provided in paragraph d, or denied promotion. Final decision must be made by the end of the deferred period. Soldiers who are not provided accelerated promotion will be considered for future promotions, along with their contemporaries, as outlined in AR 600-8-19.
f. Deferral or denial of accelerated promotion does not constitute a breach of enlistment contract or agreement, nor result in an unfulfilled enlistment commitment. Promotion can only occur with approval of the immediate unit commander after successful completion of all required training by the enlistment option outlined in Table 7-2. The accelerated rank will be awarded to qualified Soldiers without regard to TIG and TIS.
g. Significant training or experience in a civilian occupational area with a MOS counterpart, applies specifically to in-service ARNG Soldiers who gain sills or complete training in a status other than military. This does not pertain to experience a Soldier may gain through duties performed in an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) status (for example. Readiness NCO duties). It does not apply to traditional ARNG Soldiers or Military Technicians in their civilian pursuits.

7-12. Army CASP enlistment control (IAW AOC)
CASP applicants must be projected or assigned to an MTOE/TDA unit vacancy or projected unit vacancy in accordance with the Soldier’s CASP MOS. Soldiers who enlist for a CASP MOS that provides fora ccelerated promotion to SGT must be enlisted against a SGT vacancy. CASP applicants must complete Basic Leader Course (BLC) to qualify for promotion to Sergeant.

7-13. Annual training
NPS applicants who enlist under CASP may not be ordered to AT until successful completion of BCT.

7-14. Mobilization readiness and deployability (IAW AOC)
a. Applicants who enlist under CASP will be reported as MOSQ for mobilization readiness when all of the following actions are accomplished.

(1) Completion of BCT
(2) Completion of MOS prerequisite training, if required by the MOS for which enlisted.
(3) Award of CASP MOS as PMOS
(4) Promotion to accelerated grade shown on enlistment agreement provided they meet the NCOES requirement.
(5) Denied the accelerated advancement, but promoted to a lower grade and awarded CASP MOS.

b. ARNG Soldiers must complete a minimum of 12 weeks of BCT or equivalent before being allowed to deploy, as outlined in Title 10 U.S. Code 671. Determined by Army
G-1, completion of training programs and options outlined in Table 7-2 equates to the 12-week BCT requirement.

7-15. Processing procedures (IAW AOC)
a. Processing procedures must be followed for all CASP applicants. Any applicant for CASP must present the prescribed documented evidence of qualifications. Applicants will submit documents that verify length and successful completion of education, training and experience for applicable skill. Documents are outlined in paragraph 7-10. Civil Service SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) may be used, and certification of applicant’s typing or dictation when required.

(1) RRNCO will review and verify qualification before sending any applicant to the MEPS. RRNCOs will forward all applications that required TAG approval prior to sending the applicant to the MEPS.
(2) MEPS GCs will verify qualifications, completed necessary enlistment forms and processing.
(3) PS applicants will-

(a) Enlist as outlined in paragraph 3-14 and in pay grade E-4.
(b) Complete prerequisite MOS training when required.

b. Processing information and audition procedures for Army Band applicants are outlined in DA PAM 611-21 (SMARTBOOK) para 10-42R.

7-16. Skills available for enlistment and unit vacancies
Skills available for enlistment and unit vacancies will be ascertained by REQUEST before completion of CASP enlistments. Unit vacancies will be verified with the proper unit if required by REQUEST. If REQUEST does not provide a requirement, applicant will not be enlisted under this chapter. They will be offered other enlistment opportunities without entitlement to CASP and accelerated promotion under this chapter. Guidance counselor will include a statement to this effect in the remarks section of DD Form 1966.

b. For RC only, PS personnel with a remaining statutory obligation will-

(1) Enlist for the number of years required to fulfill remaining statutory obligation period, or as prescribed in chapter 3.
(2) If prerequisite MOS training is required, enlist in the pay grade authorized by chapter 3, but not less than pay grade E-4.

c. For RC only, PS personnel with no remaining statutory obligation will enlist or reenlist for a period as prescribed in chapter 3. All personal documents used to verify applicant’s qualifications will be copied and included in the enlistment packet. Original documents will be returned to applicant.

Table 7-1 Skills and Criteria to qualify for CASP (IAW AOC)
MOSOption (Table 7-2)CriteriaRank / Pay Grade
42R1 (Army Band Person)1,3, or 5DA PAM 611-21 (SMARTBOOK) para 10-42R.E-4 / SPC
68W1 (Health Care Specialist)1,3, or 5a. Must be nationally registered as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) “B”, or “I”, or “P”.
b. Will be accelerated to week 7 of 68W AIT for MOS Awarding.
E-4 / SPC
88M1 (Motor Transport Operator)1,3, or 5a. Must have two years of experience driving vehicles rated as five ton or higher.
b. Must have valid State Driver’s License.
E-4 / SPC
Table 7-2 ARNG CASP Enlistment Training Options (IAW AOC)
Option 1
Available to: NPS.

Training Requirement: Nine weeks BCT, with four weeks of applicable training during IADT.
IADT: 13 weeks consecutive, exceptions may be made when training affects college entry scholarships or band camp.
Minimum promotion eligibility period:
Three months (See Note 1).
Option 2
Available to: NPS.

Nine weeks BCT, followed by prerequisite training required by MOS (for example, IADT prerequisite required by MOS, mostly medical).
IADT: Minimum period dependent on length of prerequisite training, but not less than 13 consecutive weeks.
Minimum promotion eligibility period: Five months (See Notes 1 & 2).
Option 3
Available to: GNPS applicants who require BCT.

Training Requirement: Nine weeks BCT, plus time in RECBN
IADT: 13 weeks consecutive
Minimum promotion eligibility period: (See Notes 1 & 3).
Option 4
Available to: GNPS applicants who require BCT and prerequisite training.

Training Requirement: Nine weeks BCT, followed by prerequisite training required by MOS
IADT: Minimum period dependent on length of prerequisite training if completed during IADT.
Minimum promotion eligibility period: (See Notes 1 & 3).
Option 5
Available to: PS applicants who have completed IADT and have been awarded an MOS.

Training Requirement: Applicants who have not completed Army or Marine BCT will attend Army BCT (see AR 601-210).
IADT: None
Minimum promotion eligibility period: May enlist with grade authorized in Table 7-1. (See Note 3).
Option 6
Available to: PS applicants who require prerequisite training

Training Requirement: Prerequisite training required by MOS. Applicants who have not completed Army or Marine Corps BCT will be required to attend Army BCT.
IADT: Minimum period depends on length of prerequisite training.
Minimum promotion eligibility period: (See Note 3).
Notes:
1.Minimum promotion eligibility period is established from the time Soldier enters on IADT or begins proficiency training, whichever is earlier. All training must be completed prior to the Soldier receiving accelerated promotion.
2.Minimum promotion eligibility period shown is based on an average eight week prerequisite MOS training requirement during IADT. Promotion cannot be affected until successful completion of all required training.
3.When Soldier is required to complete BCT because it was not satisfied during previous military service, or to undergo prerequisite MOS training, or combination thereof, then IADT period,training requirement, and minimum eligibility would depend on length of required training. Soldier maybe eligible for promotion to accelerated grade on release from IADT, return to unit, and successful completion of all required training.