14 June 2021

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NOTES 
High School Verification Form
College Enrollment Verification Form
Education Evaluation Worksheet
Telephonic Verification
Transcript Requirements
Tier 2 Age Requirements
NGB Form 900
NGB Form 901
UF 601-210.41
AR 601-210 Para 2-7
MILPER Message 17-193
DA Memorandum

Reference: SMOM 21-031 ETP

3. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused applicant shipper turbulence that requires necessary adjustments to accession policy. The Army National Guard (ARNG) will be required to adjust scheduled ship dates for high school juniors, seniors, and college students due to schools moving graduation dates or adjusting their academic year. Further, all shippers, including graduates, may be impacted by cancelled ship dates due to COVID-19. This will result in possible extended times in the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) prior to entrance onto Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT).

4. Current High School Juniors (HSJR)

a. Current HSJR within 14 months of graduation (education code 109) can enlist within 426 days prior to entry on IADT and are authorized up to 56 paid individual drill training periods. They must ship to standard training upon high school graduation. Education code will be updated by MEPS GC to 11S to pull standard training based on this new exception to policy.
b. Current HSJR (education code 109) are also still eligible for Split Training Option if otherwise qualified. HSJRs wishing to split train must enlist within 270 days of shipping to IADT training.
c. HSJR that miss their ship date due to COVID-19 impacts are authorized an additional 32 individual drill training periods for up to 88 individual drill training periods (22 months). These RSP Soldiers must be renegotiated to a standard training seat with a ship date after high school graduation.
d. HSJR electing this option must enlist for 6x2 term of service.

5. Current High School Seniors (HSSR):

a. HSSR (education code 11S) must enlist within 365 days prior to entry on IADT and are authorized up to 48 paid individual drill training periods (12 months).
b. HSSR that miss their ship date due to COVID-19 impacts are authorized an additional 16 individual drill training periods for up to 64 individual drill training periods. Renegotiate these RSP Soldiers to the next available training date.

6. All other shippers are authorized an additional 16 individual drill training periods to account for COVID-19 shipping delays.

7. All warriors will be counselled, in writing, using the following statement: “I understand that due to COVID-19 and the current backlog of recruits currently attending initial entry training (IET), my original scheduled ship date of “DATE” has been renegotiated to “DATE”. I understand that I will remain in the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) until I ship to IET. I further understand that if I was scheduled for STOI training this summer that I will be required to complete both Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) consecutively upon graduation from high school or at the completion of my next college school year.” The signed counselling statement will be retained in the warrior’s RSP file.

8. All recruits must be otherwise qualified for accession per AR 601-210, to include temporarily amended criteria.

9. Any applicant receiving an exception to enlist more than 12 months (365 days) out is not eligible for the split training option and must attend basic training and advanced individual training consecutively.

10. This exception is effective with this memorandum and will expire on 6 May 2022, unless rescinded earlier.

 

Education Tiers / Codes Table
CodeCredentialDefinition
Tier 1 - High School Diploma Producing Programs
Note: All NPS Tier 1 applicants must be administered the TAPAS.
109Currently in High School

Definition: An individual currently in high school who is not yet a high school senior. This includes Adult Alternative, Online high school and Home School (Covered Grads).

Required Verification: High School Verification Form specifying applicant is a junior, beginning and last day of current year classes, first day of next year classes and projected graduation date. Permission to ship early and/or return late must be on NGB Form 900. Form must be signed by parent/guardian if applicant is under 18 years old.

Note: IAW NGB guidance, NGB Form 900 (High School Verification) does not require a school seal.

Note: As outlined in TR 350-6, applicants must have at least 75 days to complete the required training. This requirement remains valid even in situations where the applicant would complete training in less than 75 days. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will result in an LNO ticket. The MRD must be listed on the orders for training.

Note: IAW AR 601-210 Para 2-7b, verification of education may be obtained from the applicant’s principal, registrar, school guidance counselor, or the custodian of records for enlistment in the ARNG.

Note: IAW AOC Para 5-60, the Split Training Option (STO) is the only authorized training option for CIHSJR (Currently in High School Junior). STO applicant must enter IET (Phase I) within 270 days of enlistment. Waivers or exceptions to this requirement are not authorized.

Note: IAW AOC Para 5-60, 6x2 is the minimum enlistment period for individuals enlisting for the 270-day delay for CIHSJR, Split Training Option (STO).

Note: IAW AOC Para 2-8, CIHSJR who are a TSC IV (AFQT 16-30) are ineligible to enlist in the ARNG.

11SHigh School Senior

Definition: An individual attending high school, who completed the junior year and is a high school senior. This includes Adult Alternative, Online high school and Home School (Covered Grads).

Required Verification: High School Verification Form indicating applicant is a senior and projected date of graduation, which must be within 365 days. Letter must be signed by parent/guardian if applicant is under 18 years old.

Note: IAW NGB guidance, NGB Form 900 (High School Verification) does not require a school seal.

Note: IAW AR 601-210 Para 2-7b, verification of education may be obtained from the applicant’s principal, registrar, school guidance counselor, or the custodian of records for enlistment in the ARNG.

11MCurrently Enrolled, Other Than a High School Diploma

Definition: An individual who is currently enrolled and attending class in a Tier 1 category (credential) other than a High School Diploma and has a Tier 2 credential.

Definition: AR 601-210 Para 2-7c(9).

Required Verification: Letter of enrollment from college or telephonic memorandum verifying applicant is currently enrolled, attending, and verifying number of quarter/semester hours for which enrolled.

Note: Job Corp applicants who have met the required criteria will be coded as 11M while attending (minimum of 60 days) and 128 upon completion of the program.

12LHigh School Diploma

Definition: A diploma issued to an individual who completed a 12-year "traditional" graded (credit-based) day program of classroom instruction. The diploma must be issued from the high school where the individual completed the requirements for graduation.

Required Verification: HS diploma or certified transcripts showing actual date of graduation.

Diploma Not Yet Issued: AR 601-210 Para 2-7. Failed Exit Exam: AR 601-210 Para 2-7. Telephonic Verification: AR 601-210 Para 2-7.
128Completed One Semester of College

Definition: A non-high school diploma graduate who attended and completed 15 semester hours of college credit or 22 quarter hours of college credit or 675 clock hours of classroom instruction from an accredited post-secondary institution. Credit earned through testing, adult education, assessment, military training or high school equivalency preparation is not applicable. This includes Job Corps operated by the Department of Labor.

Required Verification: Certified transcripts verifying number of clock, quarter, or semester hours completed. Job Corps applicants must provide verification of program completion of 675 hours signed by center director and training director, as well as GED or other Tier 2 credential. Refer to AR 601-210 Para 2-7 for additional information on clock hours.

Note: Job Corp applicants who have met the required criteria will be coded as 11M while attending (minimum of 60 days) and 128 upon completion of the program.

DAssociate DegreeA certificate conferred upon completion of a 2-year program at a community college, university, or degree-producing technical institute.
GProfessional NursingA certificate conferred upon completion of a 3-year hospital school of nursing program.
KBaccalaureate DegreeA certificate conferred upon completion of a 4-year college program other than a first professional degree.
NMaster's DegreeA certificate conferred upon completion of additional academic requirements beyond the baccalaureate or first professional degree but below the doctorate level.
RPost Master's DegreeA certificate conferred upon completion of additional academic requirements beyond the master degree level but below the doctorate level.
UDoctorate DegreeA certificate conferred in recognition of the highest academic achievement within an academic field, excluding honorary degrees and first professional degrees.
WFirst Professional DegreeA certificate conferred upon completion of the academic requirement for the first degrees awarded in selected professions: Architecture, certified public accountant, chiropody or podiatry (D.S.C. or POD.D), dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.), medicine (M.D.), optometry (O.D.), osteopathy D.O.), pharmacy, veterinary medicine, law (L.L.B. or J.D.), and theology (B.D.), rabbi, or other first professional degree.
Tier 1 - Covered Graduates (Non-Traditional)
12BAdult / Alternative Diploma

Definition: A diploma issued to a graduate of a public or private non-traditional school using alternative methods of instruction to complete graduation requirements based on state law (i.e., alternative, accelerated, or high school completion programs). The Army will accept a diploma issued from an institution (attendance based) that is state/local government education agency approved, or accredited by one of the accrediting organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Required Verification: HS diploma issued from an institution which is listed as Adult/Alternative HS in HSS-FAZR. The applicant’s education credentials must be reviewed, as needed, by authorized personnel IAW AOC Para 2-7.

127Virtual / Distance School Diploma

Definition: A diploma awarded upon completion of an accredited Home Study, Distance Learning, Independent Study, Self-Study, Correspondence School, Cyber School or Virtual Learning Program. The Army will accept a diploma issued from an institution that is either state/local government education agency approved, accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) or accredited by one of the accrediting organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Required Verification: HS diploma issued from an institution which is listed as Virtual/Distance School in HSS-FAZR. The applicant’s education credentials must be reviewed, as needed, by authorized personnel IAW AOC Para 2-7.

12HHome School Diploma

Definition: A diploma issued to a graduate of a home school program in accordance with state requirement, administered by a parent, teacher/school district, or umbrella association. Applicants must provide a diploma or certificate and transcripts indicating the individual completed four years of a high school curriculum. Transcripts must reflect successful completion of the last 9 academic months of continuous schooling from the home school umbrella association or parent issuing the diploma. The curriculum must involve parental instruction, supervision and should closely pattern subjects used in traditional high schools.

Required Verification: HS Diploma/Certificate and transcripts confirming four years attendance and graduation IAW state requirements. The ARNG Recruiting BN XO or Operations Officer is the primary evaluating official for any required tier evaluations IAW AOC Para 2-7.

Reference: HSLDA Website

Education Tiers / Codes Table
CodeCredentialDefinition
Tier 2 - Alternate High School Credentials
Note: All NPS Tier 2 applicants must be administered the TAPAS.
11ETest-Based Equivalency Diploma

Definition: A diploma or certificate of General Education Development (GED) or other test-based credential. A state or locally issued secondary school diploma obtained solely on the basis or testing and not graded day coursework.

Required Verification: General Education Diploma or certificate. Required to have been withdrawn from high school at least six months prior to the date of application for enlistment IAW ROB Policy Update - TAPAS Suspension

12XNational Guard Youth Challenge Program

Definition: An individual who completed a 22 week National Guard Youth Challenge Program (NGYCP) and passed the GED. Must be identified separately from other GED holders.

Required Verification: National Guard Youth Challenge Certificate and GED. 

12COccupational Program

Definition: Certificate received for completing a 6-month vocational-technical program and a minimum of 11 years of secondary education.

Required Verification: No information from AOC. No further information provided by AR 601-210 para 2-7d(1).

12JHigh School Certificate of Attendance, Completion or Special Education

Definition: An attendance-based high school certificate issued to students based on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that involves community experiences, employment, training, daily living skills and post-school transition skills which differ from the traditional high school graduation requirements.

Required Verification: HS Certificate of Attendance or Credential verifying completion of Individual Education Program. Required to have been withdrawn from high school at least six months prior to the date of application for enlistment IAW ROB Policy Update - TAPAS Suspension.

Education Tiers / Codes Table
CodeCredentialDefinition
Tier 3 - Less Than High School Diploma
1Less than High School Diploma or CredentialAn individual who is not currently in a secondary education program and has no
diploma/credential. Note:  IAW AOC 2-7f, the MEPS GC must obtain approval from the REQUEST Operations Center prior to enlisting a Tier III applicant.