"The RCCC's determine eligibility and qualifications and
they explain USAR and ARNG incentives and benefits. It is
the Army's chance to say, 'Hey, guys, we have this career
for you. We have something out there for everyone
whether it be a specific job, location or incentive that can
help you as you transition into the Guard or Reserve,'" Hill
said. "Either way, we road map it based on the Soldier's
needs, wants and desires."
That usually means a transition based on military
occupational specialty, or MOS, desired geographic area,
academic aspirations and potential bonus availability.
"The decision to join the Reserve components is based on
the Soldier's individual desires," said Sgt. Maj. Scott
Spigelmyer, RCT's branch sergeant major and lead
National Guard representative. "We sit down and we do a
search to show them what's available. In some cases, the
MOS drives their decisions and for others, it's the
What works best for the Soldier is getting to lay out the
wealth of possibilities as early in the process as possible
so they can reach back to their Families, friends and
personal networks. Part of the challenge also involves
changing a long established mindset within the Army, Hill
"Years ago, when a Soldier went through the old ACAP
[Army Career Assistance Program] process, it was
considered a privilege. You really had to fight to go in
many units. Now we are integrating our program into SFL
and we want to make sure the Soldiers get that
opportunity. The commanders have to buy in. It's
something the Soldiers have to go to," he said.
"Our main business is to transition a Soldier into the Guard
or Reserve, give them the benefits, and do it while they are
still on active duty. Our goal is to keep the Solider in boots.
It's another avenue to retain the best and brightest," Hill
The mission has gained traction with the adoption last
spring of a 365-day window of advisement to transitioning
Soldiers across the active Army before their expiration
term of service, or ETS. The RCT branch presently
coordinates the efforts of about 125 RCCCs at more than
40 installations nationwide.
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Transition from Active Duty to Army Reserve
FORT KNOX, Ky. (July 13, 2015) -- U.S. Army Human
Resources Command, or HRC, is paving the way for
Soldiers to move from active duty to the Army Reserve, or
USAR, and National Guard, or ARNG, in a deliberate,
sensible transition that works for the individual service
member while retaining skilled personnel and racking up
significant savings for the Army.
"We are focused on the continuum of service," said HRC
Reserve Component Transition, or RCT, branch chief Maj.
Christopher Hill. "We preserve the human capital. If you
look at what it costs to actually train a Soldier to go through
basic training, it is roughly $75,000. The cost savings is a
preservation of the Army's investment."
In fiscal 2014, the RCT branch transferred more than
11,000 enlisted Soldiers and officers from the active
component to the USAR and ARNG, which amounted to
roughly $900 million in savings, he said.
Working with a staff of less than a dozen out of HRC's
headquarters on Fort Knox, Kentucky, Hill and his team are
frequently on the road to installations throughout the
country, coordinating efforts with the Army's Soldier For
Life, or SFL, - Transition Assistance Program and active
duty career counselors, detailing transition options to
Soldiers and explaining the workings and value of the
program to various levels of Army leadership.
"One of the things we've been doing is visiting each
installation's Soldier For Life office, focusing on the
12-month mark. We are trying to ensure everyone is on the
same sheet of music and streamline the process, where we
actually inject ourselves to do a continuum of service brief
and highlight available opportunities," Hill said.
The immediate aim is to set up a one-on-one counseling
session for each Soldier with a Reserve component career
counselor, or RCCC, on the Soldier's installation.