IAW current AOC, all CASP MOSs are suspended except for MOS 09L, 42R, 68W, and 88M (see below). All CASP MOSs remain eligible for PS.
The provisions of AR 601-210 apply in addition to policy and procedures prescribed by this document.
The Civilian Acquired Skills Program (CASP) is designed to attract persons with civilian acquired skills needed by the ARNG. Persons qualified for CASP may be advanced in rank upon enlistment. After enlistment, they will be considered for accelerated promotion based on the skill level held and demonstrated proficiency during duty performance. The primary objective of the CASP:
a. To enlist qualified personnel with critical civilian acquired skills.
b. To increase Soldier’s job satisfaction.
c. To improve personnel classification and utilization while maintaining MOS performance standards.
d. To reduce in-service training loads and costs.
e. To add means for rapid mobilization of personnel.
f. To provide additional means for MOS reclassification.
7-3. Procedures (Responsibilities)
a. Chief, National Guard Bureau (CNGB). The CNGB has overall responsibility for policy concerning CASP and will:
(1) Conduct periodic reviews 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 program; review and comment on recommendations submitted by other agencies.
b. The Adjutant General (TAG). TAG will:
(1) Conduct periodic review, and submit recommendations to ARNG-HRH for adding or deleting skills.
(2) Review and comment on recommendations submitted by subordinate organizations or individuals.
c. MEPS GCs will verify applicants’ qualifications and coordinate opportunities for benefits under the CASP with the RRB-CDR.
d. Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander (RRB-CDR) will:
(1) Implement processing procedures contained in this document.
(2) Develop and implement advertising and procurement plans and procedures to attract qualified applicants for the program.
(3) Actively promote the program and ensure that vocational schools, technical schools, schools of nursing, etc., are canvassed as a source of ready-trained assets for ARNG units.
(4) Periodically brief strength maintenance personnel on current status and updates of the CASP.
e. Commanders of CASP enlistees will:
(1) Ensure that CASP enlistees are properly assigned and considered for accelerated promotions in a timely manner.
(2) Utilize Soldiers in their CASP PMOS for at least one year.
f. Training center Commanders will provide reception station processing and required training for CASP Soldiers.
7-4. Eligibility (NPS/GNPS/PS)
CASP is available to qualified men and women with or without PS. Skills acquired through military service may not be used to qualify for CASP. CASP is an enlistment option ONLY and cannot be used for Soldiers currently serving in the ARNG. (Soldier(s) currently serving in the ARNG and are requesting MOS determination based on civilian training are considered to be reclassifying and must request a waiver of formal school training from the proponent school house through DARNG (ARNG-TR). Aviation MOS determination will be routed through DARNG (ARNG-AV) to the proponent school for determination). Applicants must:
a. Meet basic eligibility standards and MOS prerequisites for enlistment (See AR 601-210) as appropriate, including skill, training, and work experience. The latest MOS prerequisites are available on a computer output display by using the QUALS Program of REQUEST. When a person has unusual or unfamiliar training and experience relevant to a CASP MOS, request for determination of equivalency may be submitted to ARNG-TR.
b. Have had either the training or the experience in the civilian acquired skill within the preceding 24 months of the effective date of enlistment.
7-5. Enlistment periods
a. NPS applicants will be enlisted for a minimum period of service as outlined in AR 601-210.
b. PS applicants will be enlisted for a period of service as outlined in AR 601-210 or for a minimum of three years.
7-7. Enlistment training options available
An applicant’s service obligation, prior military service, and MOS selected will determine applicable training options. Table 7-2 lists training options available to persons qualifying for enlistment under CASP.
7-8. Basic training requirement
a. Applicants not having prior military service or who did not complete RA or USMC BCT during previous military service must complete BCT and any pre-requisite training for award of the CASP MOS.
b. With exception of those authorized to train under the STO, all NPS/GNPS applicants must complete BCT and any pre-requisite training for award of the CASP MOS.
7-9. Requirement for prerequisite training
a. Other than that listed in table 7-1, no MOS training during IADT will be offered under the CASP.
b. Some MOSs available under the CASP require completion of a specified course as a prerequisite for awarding the MOS (table 7-1).
c. Award of the CASP MOS and promotion to the accelerated rank will not be considered until successful completion of all required training including prerequisite training if required. This prerequisite training may be accomplished during IADT, or Active Duty for Training (ADT) at a later date, or through completion of correspondence courses or approved ARNG/USAR schools.
7-10. Requirement for proficiency training
a. CASP enlistment training options require completion of a specified period of proficiency training as a prerequisite for awarding of the MOS (table 7-2). Proficiency training is a specified period of time during which the 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 in which the Soldier learns to apply the civilian acquired skill to the military. Use the proficiency training time by the Commander to evaluate the Soldier’s ability to function in the specific MOS.
b. Before award of MOS and promotion to the accelerated rank, the Soldier must be able to perform the major requirements and meet physical standards described in DA PAM 611-21.
7-11. Determination of qualifications and enlistment grades
a. CASP applicants must present valid evidence of completion of required civilian training to enlistment authorities. This evidence may include certificates, diplomas, union cards, or employment records showing the period of actual work experience, training received, degree of proficiency attained, and a summary of duties and training in the civilian acquired skill. Training may include successful completion of union, industry, or government recognized training or apprenticeship programs. Certificates and diplomas submitted by applicants must bear the original seal of the institution or be notarized as true copies.
b. Applicants who meet training and work experience requirements (table 7-1) and satisfy all other enlistment criteria will be enlisted in pay grade E-4/SPC. Upon successful completion of BCT and other training listed in the appropriate option of table 7-2, individuals may be promoted to the accelerated grade indicated in table 7-1. The promotion to the higher grade is not guaranteed, reference paragraph 7-12b and c.
c. Determination of qualifications and enlistment grades for persons applying under ARNG Bands Enlistment options will be as specified in table 7-3.
7-12. Award of military occupational specialty, enlistment grade, and accelerated promotion
a. Applicants eligible to enlist/reenlist under CASP will enlist in pay grade E-4/SPC. Promotion to the accelerated grade and award of the MOS authorized by the enlistment agreement may be made without regard to time in grade or time in service provided the accelerated promotion rank does not exceed the rank of the MTOE/TDA position to which the Soldier is assigned. After having been awarded the CASP MOS and promoted to the accelerated rank, promotions will be governed by AR 600-8-19 and classifications actions will be governed 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 as prescribed in DA PAM 611-21 and this regulation.
c. The Commander will advise the Soldier in writing of the reason for denying or deferring accelerated promotion. File the record of counseling, including basis and results, in the Soldier’s Official Military Personnel File as a permanent document only when promotion has been denied. The Soldier will indicate on the counseling statement that they have read the statement and have or have not submitted a statement in their own behalf.
d. On denial of accelerated promotion to authorized CASP rank, the Commander may appoint the Soldier to any lower rank (not lower than the grade enlisted) providing Soldier is not already serving in that rank.
e. The immediate Commander may defer promotion for up to four regularly scheduled Unit Training Assemblies (UTA) if the Soldier’s performance does not clearly warrant promotion or denial of promotion at the end of the proficiency training of eight weeks, or as listed in table 7-2. After completion of the initial proficiency training and the deferred period as indicated above, a Soldier may be promoted to the CASP authorized grade or lower rank as provided in d above, or denied promotion. A 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 under AR 600-8-19.
f. Deferral or denial of accelerated promotion does not constitute a breach of enlistment contract or agreement, nor will result in an unfulfilled enlistment commitment. Promotion can be made only with approval of the immediate unit Commander after successful completion of all training required by the enlistment option in table 7-2. The accelerated rank will be awarded to qualified Soldiers without regard to time in grade and time in service.
g. Significant training or experience in a civilian occupational area having a MOS counterpart. This applies specifically to in-service ARNG Soldiers who gain skills or complete training in a status other than military status. This does not pertain to experience that a Soldier may gain through duties performed in an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) status (i.e. Readiness NCO duties). It does apply to traditional ARNG Soldiers and Military Technicians in their civilian pursuits.
7-13. Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program enlistment control
CASP applicants must be projected or assigned to a MTOE/TDA unit vacancy or projected unit vacancy IAW the Soldier’s CASP MOS. A Soldier who enlists for a CASP MOS that provides for accelerated promotion to SGT must be enlisted against a SGT vacancy.
7-14. Annual training
NPS applicants who enlist under CASP may not be ordered to AT until successful completion of BCT.
7-15. Mobilization readiness and deployability
a. CASP enlistees will be reported as MOS qualified for mobilization readiness when all of the following actions are accomplished:
(1) Successful completion of BCT.
(2) Satisfactory completion of MOS prerequisite training if required by the MOS for which enlisted.
(3) Promotion to accelerated grade shown on enlistment agreement.
(4) Award of CASP MOS as PMOS.
(5) Denied the accelerated advancement, but promoted to a lower grade and awarded CASP MOS.
b. Under the provisions of 10 USC 671, ARNG Soldiers must complete a minimum of 13 weeks of BCT or equivalent before a member of the military service may be deployed. The Army G-1 has determined that completion of training programs and options outlined in table 7-2 equals the 13-week BCT requirement of the statute.
7-16. Processing procedures
a. Processing procedures as outlined below will be followed for all CASP applicants.
(1) Recruiting & Retention NCO (RRNCO) will review and verify qualifications before sending the applicant to the MEPS GC. Applications requiring approval by TAG will be forwarded to that office by RRNCO prior to sending to the MEPS GC. MEPS GC will verify qualifications, complete necessary enlistment forms and processing. An applicant applying for CASP under this regulation must present prescribed documentary evidence of qualifications. Each applicant will submit documents that verify length and successful completion of education, training and experience for applicable skill. These documents must bear the original seal of the issuing agency or be notarized. Documents will include, but are not limited to the following: school transcripts; certificates of completion of training; certificates of registration with a Board of Registry or professional society; diplomas; employment records; union membership cards; certification as a civil service apprentice or journeyman. Civil Service Standard Form 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) may be used; and certification of applicant’s typing or dictation when required.
(2) PS applicants with a remaining statutory obligation will:
(a) Enlist for number of years, months and days required to fulfill the remaining statutory obligation period, but not less than one year in a drilling status.
(b) If prerequisite MOS training is required, be enlisted in pay grade of E-4/SPC.
(c) Not be required to perform a period of proficiency training.
(3) PS personnel with no remaining statutory obligation will be enlisted or reenlisted for at least one year in a drilling status; (b) and (c) above apply.
(4) All personal documents used to verify applicant’s qualification will be reproduced and attached to, and distributed with, each copy of the DD Form 4-Series.
Original copies will be returned to the applicant.
(5) NGB Form 594 (Army National Guard Civilian Acquired Skills Program Agreement).
(a) Applicant will initial selected option and any corrected errors made.
(b) The MOS for which applicant enlists, and the pay grade to which accelerated promotion is authorized, will be entered in the space provided.
(c) RRNCO will explain to each CASP applicant that accelerated promotion above SPC is not guaranteed, but is contingent upon demonstrated performance and conduct. If either the applicant’s performance and/or conduct are such that promotion is not recommended, it may be deferred or denied by the Commander. This does not constitute a breach of enlistment contract.
(d) Enter the Annex letter assigned to NGB Form 594 in the space provided and in the remarks section of DD Form 4, line 8.
(e) Distribution of NGB Form 594 will be as an annex to DD Form 4.
b. Procedures for requesting training seats will be as outlined below.
(1) Training seats for NPS, CASP enlistees requiring BCT, or a prerequisite AIT, or a combination of both, will be allocated through the REQUEST system.
(2) PS training seats for enlistees required to attend BCT will be allocated via the REQUEST system.
(3) Training seats for CASP enlistees, requiring only prerequisite AIT, will be requested through channels to TAG. Training seats are allocated by the ARNG Individual Training Branch (ARNG-TRI) and not through REQUEST.
(4) Orders for CASP enlistees processed at MEPS will be IAW USMEPCOM Regulation 601-19.
7-17. Record entries
For ARNG Bands options, See table 7-3 for record entries. Records of applicants enlisting under CASP will contain the following entries in the remarks section of the DD Form 1966 series:
a. Enlisted for CASP MOS (specify) with promotion to pay grade (specify) on completion of BCT and proficiency training on IADT (at least 23 weeks) and return to unit. (See table 7-2, option 1).
b. Enlisted for CASP MOS (specify) with promotion to pay grade (specify) on completion of BCT and prerequisite AIT and return to unit. (table 7-2, option 2, or 4)
c. Enlisted for CASP MOS (specify) with promotion to pay grade (specify) on completion of BCT and 48 hours Inactive Duty for Training (IDT). (table 7-2, option 3).
d. Enlisted for CASP MOS (specify) with promotion to pay grade (specify) on completion of BCT (if required), or prerequisite AIT (if required), or both (if required) and on return to unit. (See table 7-2, option 5)
e. Enlisted for CASP MOS (specify).
f. In item 32, Specific options Enlisted For, enter the following: - CASP option (specify), table 7-2, Enlistment Criteria.
|Table 7-1 - Skills and Criteria to qualify for CASP|
MOS 42R (Skill level one)
ASIs for Army Band
To qualify for ASI: 9B - Cornet/Trumpet Player
Will enlist as SPC/E-4
Will enlist as: E-4/SPC
The following criteria must be met:
Will enlist as: E-4/SPC
a. Have two years of experience as driver of vehicles rated at five tons and higher.
|Table 7-2 ARNG CASP Enlistment Training Options|
|Table 7-3 Army Bands Enlistment Option|
a. Assignment to an ARNG Band
a. Meet basic eligibility criteria for enlistment as prescribed in AR 601-210.
a. Successfully complete 13 weeks IADT training consisting of nine weeks of BCT and four weeks of proficiency training at the School of Music. Start date of proficiency training must be within 12 months of BCT graduation date.
a. Oriented on duties associated with enlistment MOS as outlined in DA PAM 611-21.
(1) Successful completion of all required training.
c. Advised that failure to complete BCT successfully may result in separation from ARNG.
a. If applicant is otherwise eligible for enlistment, interview applicant to determine eligibility for enlistment under this option.
(1) Copies of audition standards manual can be obtained by contacting Department of Training Development, (DOTD) Ft. Story, Virginia, ATTN: ATSG-SM-TD; DSN 438-7518 or 438-7363; COMM 757-422-7528 or 757-422-7363.
(a) Solo (selected by auditionee) in Grade 3 or higher, prepared for performance.
(4) Audition results are as follows: minimum audition score to qualify for enlistment in MOS 02B through 02M, 02T and 02U is a score of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale as prescribed by the Audition Standards Manual.
(a) Original and one copy will be forwarded to responsible career counselor. (Original and copy will not be hand-carried to career counselor by the applicant.)
e. Accelerated promotion to SGT will be at the discretion of the promotion authority based on a memorandum of recommendation issued by the Bandmaster and contingent on availability of a position vacancy in rank and MOS in which recommended. Authority for the accelerated promotion will be this table.
a. For applicants required to enter on IADT, orders will be prepared using Format 260 (Active Duty/Active Duty for Training (AD/ADT) for 89 days or less) or Format 261 (ADT for 90 days or more), NGR 310-10. Orders will contain "ARNG Bands option", as the response to the "Auth" lead line.
(1) Enter for ARNG Bands option for CASP MOS (specify) with appointment to pay grade (specify) on completion of BCT and proficiency training on IADT (minimum 12 weeks) and return to unit. (Table 7-2., option 1.)
c. In item 32, DD Form 1966, enter "ARNG Bands (CASP) Table 7-2., NGR 600-200."