Prior Service Accession Business Rules - **UPDATED** 19 December 2016
If you're reading this, you're most likely attempting to return to active duty. You MUST see your local Army Recruiter for prior service enlistment opportunities.
The Prior Service Business Rules acts as a guide for Soldiers who are interested in reenlisting in the regular Army. The rules generally outline when and how a Soldier can reenlist, and which MOSs are available.
The current Prior Service Business Rules went into effect on December 19, 2016. Please visit this page periodically for more updates.
UPDATE: Additional MOSs added for E5 retraining (para 7(a)); 13R, 19D, and 19K.
1. Effective immediately, PS enlistments in all skill levels, to include Service Members from Sister Services applying for the Blueto Green (B2G) Program, are restricted by critical MOS according to these rules. Reductions in pay grade will NOT be considered, no exceptions.
2. GNPS in pay grades E-1 thru E-4 who have not completed MOS training are not restricted to the rules. GNPS with 179 days or less of Active Federal Service (AFS), to include zero days on Active Duty (AD) are considered GNPS.
a. Separated from a Reserve Component (RC) and did not ship to Initial Active Duty Training (IADT).
b. Separated from a RC and completed BCT but did not complete MOS training.
c. Separated from any component of the Armed Forces with 179 days or less of AFS and did NOT complete MOS training.
d. Disenrolled Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) who are NOT ordered to Active Duty.
3. All PS and GNPS reservations must be pulled by the ROC. Temporary reservations are not authorized. Special care must be taken to ensure PS and GNPS records are built with the correct days of prior military service, MOS (if applicable), military history, etc.
4. This policy DOES NOT affect Soldiers who are removed from the Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL). All Soldiers removed from TDRL will have a formal electronic grade determination completed IAW AR 601-210, Chapter 5-51f.
5. The rules will be updated periodically by HRC.
a. Applicants in grade E-5 and above must submit a formal electronic request for grade determination to CG, USAREC IAW with AR 601-210, Chapter 3-17.
b. If the applicant is MOS qualified in a MOS listed for his/her pay grade in paragraph 7a or 7c; approval will be granted in his/her grade in current PMOS, provided the applicant is otherwise qualified and meet NCOES requirements for enlistment grade.
c. GCs must ensure applicants who indicate Family member(s) who may fall under the Exceptional Family Membership Program (EFMP) are identified to the ROC prior to a reservation being pulled.
d. Applicants in pay grade E-4 and above who hold MOS 12D, CMF 18, 31D, 35L, 37F, 38B, 42R, 42S, 46Q, 46R, and 89D can request an exception to the rules. Send exception request thru GCRc as a grade determination. Exceptions are not always favorably considered.
e. Applicants who hold MOS 15S, 15T, or 15U in grades E-5 and below, who have completed the assessment and selected for assignment to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) are authorized to enlist. Must submit a formal electronic request for grade determination to CG, USAREC for final approving authority.
6. If an applicant does not hold the grade and MOS that has an open vacancy listed in paragraph 7a or 7c, and there are no retraining vacancies in current grade listed in paragraph 7b, request for grade determination for the purpose of enlistment will not be favorably considered.
7. Accession date for PS/GNPS who enlist for primary option 18 (First Assignment Only) will be determined by the ROC. Once the objectives/requirements have been met by MOS and grade, that MOS and grade will be suspended. The following vacancies are available provided the applicant is otherwise qualified and meet NCOES requirements for enlistment grade.
a. Vacancies by grade and MOS (changes based on the needs of the Army):
(1) Grades E-1 thru E-4 - all Army MOSs are eligible for enlistment with the exception of the following: 09L, 12W, 13T, 15J, 89D, 92S, 94Y, or 35P (with language code HE, PG, SC, TH, or UR).
(2) Grade E-5 - 13B, 13F, 13M, 13R, 14E, 14H, 14T, 19D, 19K, 27D (ASI "C5" only (27D2C5)), 35L, 35T, or 91A.
(3) Grade E-6 and above - no vacancies.
b. If no vacancy exists, the following MOS will be used for retraining (changes based on the needs of the Army):
(1) Grades E-1 thru E-4 - 13F, 14E, 14G, 14H, 18X, 19D, or 19K.
(2) Grades E-5 - 13F, 13M, 13R, 14E, 14H, 18X, 19D, 19K, or 91A.
(3) Grades E-6 and above - no vacancies.
c. The following vacancies by grade and MOS are available if already Airborne qualified:
(1) Grades E-1 thru E-4 - Applicants will fill Airborne vacancies in any MOS they currently possess. If no Airborne vacancy exists in their PMOS or SMOS they will fall under paragraph 7a(1) above.
(2) Grade E-5 - 27D, 35G, 35L, 89B, 92W, and 92Y.
(3) Grades E-6 and above - no vacancies.
d. Applicants in the grade of E-4 and below with 48 months or less AFS are authorized to enlist Option 3 (Training of Choice) or Option 18 (First Assignment Only) (if MOS qualified) to serve in a targeted MOS as identified by the ROC. Soldier's who enlist Option 18 (no training) will count against a NPS Training seats. Applicants in the grade of E-4 and below with more than 48 months AFS are required to meet all other PS parameters outlined in this message.
8. PS Accession Branch, EEPD will decide grade determination for all applicants who require one as follows:
a. Applicant must enlist in the Delayed Status (DS) within 14 days of final grade determination. He/she must understand that the vacancies constantly change; if the grade determination expires prior to enlisting into the DS, it could be subject to disapproval.
b. If an applicant does not hold the grade and MOS that has an open vacancy listed in paragraph 7a or 7c and there are no retraining vacancies in current grade listed in paragraph 7b, he/she will not be granted accession.
9. If a renegotiation is approved the Soldier may enlist under current rules or the rules in effect at time of entry in the DS.
10. Applicants who hold an Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) may request an ETP without regards to the listed MOS vacancies in paragraph 7a. Not all ETPs are favorably considered.
11. Applicants who are proficient in a language, as evidenced by DLPT results of 2/2 or higher, will also be considered ETPs and may be qualified for 35P ACASP. Language ability must not have been obtained by DLI attendance. Languages that will be considered are Arabic (any dialect) and Pashtu. Applicants that have approved ETPs must successfully complete 35P AIT. BCT may also be required IAW AR 601-210.
12. UM 17-014 has been rescinded.
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