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Transition from Active Duty to Army Reserve and National Guard

“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.