NPS / GNPS

Chapter 2
Enlistment in the Army National Guard for Non-Prior Service / Glossary Non-Prior Service Applicants

Section I
Basic Eligibility Criteria

2-1. General
a. Enlistment considerations. Enlistment of qualified persons will be the foremost goal of persons who take part in, or are connected with, processing applicants for enlistment in the ARNG.
b. Meeting requirement. Eligibility will be determined by the person’s ability to meet all requirements of this criteria, to include obtaining waivers. Applicants will not be enlisted if any doubts about their qualifications cannot be resolved.

X-1. Definitions of NPS, GNPS, and PS
Click here for definitions of NPS, GNPS, and PS.

2-2. Basic eligibility criteria for all Non-Prior Service/Glossary Non-Prior Service applicants
a. Persons who apply for enlistment in the ARNG must meet eligibility criteria of this chapter and any other requirements for the MOS in which they are enlisting. Persons considered Non-Prior Service (NPS), but previously separated from any Component of the Armed Forces with fewer than 180 days and not awarded an MOS on AD are identified as “Glossary NPS.” All provisions applicable to NPS are also applicable to Glossary NPS unless a specific exception exists. Rules or tables that do not apply to Glossary NPS will be annotated to reflect applicability.

Note: For the purposes of GNPS enlistment eligibility, AOC Annex Table 2 identifies those discharge narratives that are acceptable for enlistment and those that are disqualifying.

Note: All disqualifications that exist for PS applicants apply to Glossary NPS as listed in Chapter 4. The term Glossary NPS does not change the fact an applicant has had military service. All provisions of this regulation that refer to Basic Active Service Date (BASD), previous military service, Basic Enlisted Service Date, and so forth apply.

2-2. Deployability (IAW AOC)
a. All Non-Prior Service (NPS) and Glossary Non-Prior Service (GNPS) applicants enlisting into the ARNG are required to be in a deployable status within 24 months of enlistment. Federal law prohibits delays beyond 24 months. Soldiers failing to become deployable within 24 months of enlistment must be discharged per NGR 600-200. No exceptions authorized except as noted below.

Note: Minimum period of time on IADT (BT and AIT) must total at least 12 weeks for the person to be considered deployable. Refer to PPOM 15-039.

Note: This excludes those currently in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) IAW AOC Para 9-14.

Note: Soldiers enlisting directly into an officer producing program (09S) are exempt from the above minimum requirement. Soldiers who withdraw from the 09S program before completion must enter AIT within 180 days of release from OCS or be subject to separation. Refer to PPOM 15-039.

2-3. Age
a. Applicant is eligible for enlistment if applicant is at least 17 years of age and has not passed his or her 35th birthday (waiver may be considered by the Director of Military Personnel Management). Applicants who are 17 years of age (have not reached their 18th birthday) require parental or guardian consent for enlistment through completion of appropriate sections of DD Form 1966 (Record of Military Processing-Armed Forces of the United States). All NPS/GNPS ARNG applicants must be accessed no later than their 35th birthday. An enlistment into ARNG is official after the applicant is administered the oath of enlistment per paragraph 6-14.

Note: Applicants who exceed the age limit may submit ETP provided there is a meritorious case that their processing was delayed or by fault of processing error.

Note: Tier II education credential holders must be 18+ years old IAW AR 601-210 Para 2-7d.

b. Applicants who are 17 years of age (have not reached their 18th birthday) require parental/guardian consent for enlistment through completion of appropriate sections of DD Form 1966 (Record of Military Processing-Armed Forces of the United States).

(1) Recruiters will obtain parental consent for any applicant who has not reached his or her 18th birthday. Parental consent may not be obtained more than 30 days prior to the 17th birthday; applicants must be 17 years of age at time of the test, physical, and contracting into the ARNG. This consent of parents or legal guardians must be in writing before physical examination or enlistment. Enlistment is not authorized if either parent objects. However, if only one parent is entitled to legal custody of the applicant (for example, by reason of divorce decree), then only that parent’s consent is required. The recruiter will identify any supporting document used and indicate its identifying marks, such as petition, file, or docket number in DD Form 1966, remarks section.

Note: IAW USMEPCOM Reg 601-23 the parental/guardian signature(s) on the DD Form 1966/5 do not expire and are valid until the minor applicant turns 18 years old.

(2) If the applicant is married, legally separated, or divorced, a statement referencing the court document or marriage license will be entered in the remarks block of DD From 1966 and the applicant may be enlisted without parental consent.

(3) Except as otherwise noted in this paragraph, both parents must sign the DD Form 1966. However, one parental signature is acceptable if the other parent is deemed incapacitated, or absent at an unknown location for an indefinite period. One parent’s signature is also authorized if the other parent is incarcerated and will not be released prior to the applicant’s 18th birthday. Parental consent may be obtained from an incarcerated parent, but it must be submitted through the institution’s legal channels for notary. If only one parent signs, the reason will be explained in the remarks block of DD Form 1966. The recruiter will state in the verification block what documents were used to verify the single signature.

(4) The signature of the parents or guardian on DD Form 1966 will be witnessed by a commissioned officer, warrant officer, noncommissioned officer (NCO), or civilian recruiting specialist. Otherwise, the signature must be notarized. The recruiter will verify all entries, as well as supporting documents used to verify occasions when only one signature is authorized, and annotate this verification on the DD Form 1966. One parent is required to sign the DD Form 2807-2 (Accessions Medical Prescreen Report) for applicants under the age of 18 for medical examination.

(5) When an applicant has been made a ward of the court or under State or Federal law the applicant has been placed in the control and custody of other than the natural parent(s), then the agency (normally a case worker) or the court appointed custodial agency will be required to complete the DD Form 1966 parental consent section and provide a certified copy of the court document awarding such custody.

(6) Emancipated applicants may enlist without parental consent, provided they have a certified court document declaring their emancipation. The recruiter will identify any supporting document used and indicate its identifying marks, such as, petition, file, or docket number in DD Form 1966, remarks section.

c. Documents and procedures used to verify age include:

(1) Birth certificate.
(2) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-551 (Permanent Resident Card) or USCIS Form N-550/570 (Certificate of Naturalization).
(3) USCIS Form N-560/561 (Certificate of Citizenship).
(4) U.S. or foreign passport (expired or unexpired).
(5) DD Form 372 (Request for Verification of Birth).

(a) The only form authorized is the one issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
(b) When a telephonic verification is done, block 12 will be signed by personnel receiving the information.
(c) If the form is faxed or taken to the vital statistics office, section I and III will be completed by recruiting personnel.
(d) Section II will be completed by the Bureau of Vital Statistics Department personnel.

(6) Department of State (DS) Form 1350 (Certification of Birth).
(7) Foreign Service (FS) Form 545 (Certification of Birth Abroad).
(8) FS Form 240 (Consular Report of Birth Abroad).
(9) U.S. Passport Card.


2-4. Citizenship
a. Under 10 USC 504, an applicant is eligible for enlistment if he or she is-

(1) A citizen of the United States, which includes birth in a US Territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which consists of the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota).

- The immigration status of an applicant’s spouse, children, or immediate Family members (parents, in-laws, brother(s), or sister(s)) does not automatically disqualify an otherwise qualified applicant from enlisting into the RA or RCs.
- DA Pam 611-21 Chapter 10 provides MOSs that require US citizenship of immediate Family members as an MOS qualification.

(2) An alien who has been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (8 USC 1101(a)(20)). USCIS Form I-551 card holders are eligible for enlistment, provided their card is valid for 6 months after scheduled accession date onto AD for initial training. The requirement to obtain U.S. citizenship within 8 years of enlistment in order to continue serving has been rescinded for the all components of the Army.

(3) A national of the United States (8 USC 1101(a)(22)) - by definition (a) a citizen of the United States, or (b) a person who, though not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the United States.

(4) A citizen (to include naturalized citizens) of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The primary islands of the Marshall Islands are Kwajalein, Ebeye, and Majuro. The primary islands of the Federated States of Micronesia are Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae. These applicants are not authorized a clearance.

(5) The Secretary of the Army has statutory authority to allow the enlistment of other persons not described above if such an enlistment is vital to the national interest. If the Secretary of the Army has exercised this authority, guidance on requirements will be available from the DCS, G-1.

b. An alien who has been lawfully admitted to the United States for conditional permanent residence is also eligible for enlistment. However, if a Soldier should forfeit a conditional permanent residence status for any reason, the Soldier is subject to separation proceedings in accordance with AR 635-200 (see discharge of aliens not lawfully admitted to the United States) and any other requirements mandated by the Army for those Soldiers who are not lawfully admitted to reside in the United States.

c. Documents to verify citizenship eligibility include (return all documents to applicant after proper citizenship entries are made on the DD Form 1966)-

(1.1) Born in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands -

(a) Birth certificate showing birth within the United States or US Territory. See ASO Guidance for important information on birth certificates from Puerto Rico.
(b) US Passport Book or US Passport Card (unaltered and originally issued for 5 or more years to the applicant).
(c) DD Form 372 (Request for Verification of Birth).

(1.2) Born outside of the US/US Territories and claiming US Citizenship (IAW AOC) -

(a) US Passport
(b) FS Form 545 (Certification of Birth Abroad of U.S. Citizen)
(c) FS Form 240 (Consular Report of Birth Abroad of U.S Citizen)
(d) INS or USCIS Form N-550/570 (Naturalization Certificate)
(e) INS or USCIS Form N-560 or N-561 (Certificate of United States Citizenship)
(f) USCIS SAVE Verification Screen

Note: A US Passport Book or Card that was originally issued for 5 or more years to the applicant (does not have to be current), can be used to verify US citizenship for applicants that were naturalized either on their own, derived it from their parents naturalization or derived because they were adopted at a young age by US parent(s). The US Passport Book or Card cannot be used to verify place of birth for naturalized citizens IAW AR 601-210 2-4c(1)(d)2.

Note: IAW SMOM 16-030, Some FS 240 do not have a document number. Add a 5 digit document number, and then add "FS 240 does not have an actual document number" in the comments block.

Note: IAW SMOM 16-030, for an applicant to be "Born Abroad of US Parents" he/she MUST be in possession of an FS 240 or FS 545. If the applicant was born in a foreign country of American parents, but never received an FS 240 or FS 545, the applicant may be in a Naturalized Citizen status.

(2) Permanent Resident Aliens and Conditional Permanent Resident Aliens (IAW AOC) -

(a) I-551 Card. Permanent Resident Alien (PRA) applicants must present a USCIS Form I-551 card at the time of enlistment. Applicants are not authorized to enlist or ship to training without a valid I-551 card. The I-551 card must be valid for more than 6 months from the ship date (Phase 2 ship date if applicable). Any applicant with an I-551 card that will expire within the next 1 year after enlistment date requires a citizenship suitability approved by NGB-ASO prior to enlistment.

(b) I-90 / I-797. AR 601-210 only provides for one type of exception to policy. Obtain verification in the form of an original receipt from the USCIS indicating the applicant has paid for an I-90 (Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card) renewal prior to enlistment. The receipt required is the USCIS Form I-797 showing that the Permanent Resident Status has been renewed or extended, and a period of extension (usually one year). If the form does not show the period of extension, it is not valid. If the applicant enlists with an expired, or soon to expire I-551 card and the USCIS Form I-797, he/she must have either a new I-551 card or both the old I-551 card and the I-797 to ship to training. Note: Submit Citizenship exception via GCRc. NGB Accession Suitability Office (ASO) is the approving authority.

(c) Use of an over-stamped foreign passport with a USCIS stamp showing that it is considered as an I-551 card for one year is not authorized.

Note: Refer to ASO Email 20161216 for suspension of NIAC screening requirements.

Note: Resource: uscis.gov/greencard.

Note: IAW SMOM 16-030, The Selective Service Number question opens for all male applicants born after Dec 31, 1959. For Immigrant Aliens answer "No" to the Selective Service Number then place a comment "Immigrant Alien".

(3) Nationals of the United States. Nationals of the United States include persons born in American Samoa or Swains Island. A native of American Samoa is issued a birth certificate that indicates the village of birth followed by the words, “American Samoa.” A U.S. national may also have a U.S. passport with a black bar over the word “citizen” inside the passport, indicating that the bearer is a U.S. national but not a U.S. citizen.

(4) Panamanians. Under 8 USC 1403, any person born in the Panama Canal Zone on or after 26 February 1904 and before 1 October 1979, whose father or mother, or both, at time of birth of such person, was or is a citizen of the United States, is a citizen of the United States. Further, any person born in the Republic of Panama on or after 26 February 1904, whose father or mother or both at the time of the birth of such person was or is a citizen of the United States employed by the Government of the United States or by the Panama Railroad Company, or its successor in title, is a citizen of the United States. If the Canal Zone birth certificate does not clearly establish that citizenship has been derived, to qualify for enlistment an applicant must verify their U.S. citizenship by presenting one of the documents listed above. If applicant does not possess any of these documents, the applicant should apply for the proper document under this paragraph.

(5) Foreign Nationals. Unless the Secretary of the Army has invoked the authority to create an exception to 10 USC 504, foreign nationals must have proof of permanent residence (including conditional permanent residence) in order to enlist. However, statutory authority exists with respect to the enlistment of citizens from the island nations of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

(a) Citizens, to include naturalized citizens, of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, may be enlisted into the U.S. Army.
(b) Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands citizens do not require proof of permanent residence or other documents normally associated with legal resident verification.
(c) Applicants from the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and Republic of the Marshall Islands may enlist. However, according to Department of Defense Directive (DODD) 5200.2R, as non-U.S. citizens, they will not be enlisted for any option, unit, MOS, or program that requires a security clearance, unless pursuant to HQDA policy allowing these enlistments due to compelling reasons in furtherance of the DOD mission.
(d) Verification can be made by birth certificate; a Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands passport; or Government identification (ID) card, naturalization certificate, or official letter of identity from local Government officials.
(e) Questionable cases will be referred to ARNG-HRR-I.
(f) Persons from the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands currently residing in the United States or a territory of the United States may have a Trust Territory Passport. This document is acceptable, provided it clearly indicates the island of birth and the island is part of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
(g) Authority to enlist foreign nationals of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands was granted according to the Compact of Free Association between both new nations and the Government of the United States.

(6) American Indians born in Canada. Under the Jay Treaty of 1794 and the 1814 Treaty of Ghent (8 USC 1359), American Indians born in Canada who can prove 50 percent American Indian blood quantum are entitled to obtain permanent residence in the United States. Conducting recruiting activities in foreign countries, including Canada, is prohibited, however, unless such activities are specifically authorized. If an American Indian born in Canada seeks to enlist, that individual should be directed to obtain proof of permanent residence in the United States and once this proof has been obtained, may be for enlistment in accordance with the procedures for processing any other lawful permanent resident. Tribal cards and letters from tribal councils are insufficient proof that an applicant is eligible for enlistment with respect to citizenship.

d. Some persons born outside the United States (OCONUS) but who have US citizen parents or grandparents may be US citizens and be unaware that they are US citizens. US law provides that under certain circumstances, some persons may automatically become US citizens by derivation through their parents or grandparents. These laws can apply if the US citizen parent is an adoptive parent or a natural parent. If an applicant has a US citizen parent or grandparent but does not have proof that they are a US citizen, they should be referred to an attorney who can determine whether the applicant is a US citizen.

IAW ASO Training Guidance. Applicants born in a country other than the United States that are adopted and are permanently residing in the United States can become a US citizen on the date that all of the following are met and provide certified or notarized copy of US court order of adoption and birth certificate:

(1) At least one adoptive parent is a US citizen.
(2) The child is under 18 years of age at the time the petition for adoption was filed.
(3) There is a full and final adoption of the child and the child is admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident.
(4) The child is residing in the legal and physical custody of the citizen parent in the United States.

e. Paragraph pertains to Lost Citizenship Documents.

f. IAW AOC. Applicants enlisting into the ARNG holding dual citizenship with the United States and another country may enlist. IAW current AR 601-210 para 2-4f, applicants processing for enlistment into the Regular Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard that hold dual citizenship with the United States and another country may now enlist into a MOS that requires a security clearance. Although these applicants do not need to possess a security clearance before enlisting into the qualifying MOS or before shipping to Initial Entry Training (IET), they must still obtain a security clearance by meeting all applicable DoD guidelines and criteria outlined in AR 380-67 Personnel Security Program before shipping to first assignment or performing duties in this MOS.

Note: The Applicant may be required to renounce citizenship of another country IAW AR 380-67 Para I-5c(2).

g. Documents that will used to verify Place of Birth (Not Citizenship).

(1) Birth Certificate.
(2) US Passport Book or US Passport Card. Cannot be used to verify place of birth for naturalized citizens.
(3) DD Form 372 (Request for Birth Verification).
(4) FS Form 240 (Report of Birth Abroad of US Citizens).
(5) DS Form 1350 (Certification of Birth).
(6) FS Form 545 (Certification of Birth Abroad).
(7) Foreign Passport (this does not have to be current to validate place of birth).
(8) Tribal Card (not expired) or letter from tribal council for American Indians born in Canada under the Jay Treaty.


2-5. Name
References:
a. Initial Only Name
b. Initial On SSN

a. Court order changing name. Compare the document with applicant's drivers license or social security card to ensure that individual is the same person. If names do not correspond provide an explanation on DD Form 1966.
b. Enlistment name. The enlistment name under which an individual may initially enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces will be the name on the individual’s social security card.
c. Glossary NPS. Applicants will enlist using name on DD Form 214 (Certificate Of Release or Discharge From Active Duty) or NGB Form 22 (Report of Separation and Record of Service) unless changed through marriage.
d. Enlisted other name. Applicants who enlist in another name must complete the appropriate block on DD Form 1966 and provide supporting document.
e. DD Form 369. In appropriate cases, complete DD Form 369 (Police Record Check) to show both names (maiden, if applicable, and assumed name) on one of the official documents indicated above.
f. Aliens. An alien must enlist with the name as indicated on the USCIS Form I-551 card or source document used to verify permanent resident status, unless married. If applicant wishes to use married name, the applicant’s married name must match or be a derivative of the name on the social security card. Annotate name reflected on USCIS Form I-551 of DD Form 1966, remarks section.

2-6. Social Security Number
a. No person will be tested or processed for enlistment into the ARNG without a social security number (SSN).
b. IAW SMOM 14-041, the following forms are acceptable for verification of SSN to initiate MEPS processing and enlist.

(1) Social Security Card issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Card must be original and legible. A laminated card is acceptable.
(2) Completed SS-5 Application for a Social Security Card signed by the applicant and the receipt from SSA indicating the application for a replacement SSN has been received.
(3) DD Form 214
(4) DD Form 215
(5) NGB Form 22
(6) W-2 Tax Statement
(7) SSN Card Stub
(8) Document/letter on SSA letterhead with name and SSN
(9) Social Security Administration SSN Printout (numident)

c. Documents listed above are authorized for enlistment purposes only. Shippers must possess an original social security card prior to their ship date. No exceptions are authorized.

2-7. Education
a. Education requirements. Applicant is eligible for enlistment if he or she meets trainability and education requirements outlined in paragraph 2-8 and requirements of specific MOS or option for which enlisting. The provisions of Paragraph 2-7j apply for determination of clock, semester, and quarter hours. Education years code (ED YRS) is the highest grade completed. Education credentials will be accepted from any institution that is State or local Government approved, or accredited by one of the accrediting organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education. Questionable institutions will be submitted for verification to the USAREC battalion education specialist or ARNG education services personnel. Transcripts are required for verification of academic classes to qualify for specific MOS requirements. All Tier 1 education (high school diploma producing programs) must be verified using the force structure, address, and zip code realignment school database. If outside the battalion area, it must be verified with the battalion operations within that area. All education credentials must be verified using the force structure, address, and zip code realignment school database. If verification is not found within the force structure, address, and zip code realignment school database, verification must be conducted with the battalion operations or education services specialist within the location of the educational institution.

Note: Refer to AOC Para 2-7 and AOC Table 2-1 for information on Covered Graduates, institutions not found in FAZR, and institutions coded "TE" in FAZR (Tier Evaluation Required).

b. Education verification. The area NCOIC, first sergeant, company commander, senior operations sergeant, senior guidance counselor, commissioned officer, education specialist, equivalent contracted personnel assigned to USAREC, or ARNG education services personnel are authorized to perform telephonic or email verification for enlistment into the ARNG. The telephonic or email verification for ARNG enlistment must include name of applicant, date of birth, name of school, school address, school phone number, date of graduation, name and title of individual providing verification, and the name and title of individual conducting verification. 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.

c/d/e. Education Tiers / Codes - Refer to AOC Table 2-1.

f. Foreign credentials.

(1) Applicants completing high school or having college credits from foreign colleges or universities must have their documents evaluated and accredited by (see exemptions below) -

(a) A State board of education.
(b) Any degree granting college or university. Evaluations of foreign transcripts will be accepted from any degree granting institution accredited by any accrediting organization recognized by the U.S Department of Education.
(c) Any member of NACES - National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
(d) As an exception to this guidance foreign credential evaluations from organizations not mentioned above may be forwarded by ARNG personnel to DAPE-MPA for consideration.

(2) Evaluation under this rule will also be used to qualify applicants under paragraph 2-18 (advanced pay grades), if otherwise qualified.

g. Exemptions. The following countries, territories, and nations are exempt from the evaluation requirement, and their education documents will be treated in the same manner as those from any U.S. school:

(1) Federated States of Micronesia..
(2) Republic of the Marshall Islands.
(3) Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
(4) Guam.
(5) American Samoa.
(6) Canada.
(7) Puerto Rico.
(8) Virgin Islands.
(9) Palau.
(10) DOD Dependent School System.
(11) Overseas American-sponsored elementary and secondary schools assisted by the U.S. Department of State.

h. Specific course requirements. Some MOSs require verification of specific course completions. Verification may be accomplished with a letter or transcript. Verification must be presented prior to enlistment into the ARNG.

i. Current school year withdrawals. If an applicant indicates that he or she withdrew from school during the current school year, he or she should be encouraged to return and complete high school. However, if the applicant does not intend to return to school, verify that the applicant has withdrawn, and notify the school of his or her intention to enlist. Under no circumstance will an applicant be encouraged or given any assistance in withdrawing from school. Coordination with parents, teachers, and counselors to keep students in school through graduation is desirable and consistent with the DA policy.

j. Semester hour requirements.

(1) Combining of semester hours with quarter hours or combining clock hours with either semester or quarter hours for enlistment purposes (ED LVL code 8) and advanced promotion (see Para 2-18) is authorized.
(2) For nondegree granting education institutions listed in the Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education (AIPE) or NACES that award clock hours or quarter hours, the following will equate:

(a) Clock hours: 45 = 1 semester hour.
(b) Quarter hours: 1.5 = 1 semester hour.

(3) Classroom semester hours also include credits earned by college test programs (such as, the CLEP or Internet courses), as recognized by universities or colleges listed in the AIPE or NACES. Semester hours or quarter hours earned through college test programs may be used for advanced promotion, but may not be used for enlistment purposes.
(4) Classroom semester hours under Para 2-7 are for college-level courses only (100 series and above). Courses below the 100 series may be used if the college or university applies them to a degree-producing program.


2-8. Trainability (IAW AOC)
References:
a. DA Pam 611-21 Smartbook
b. OPAT MOS List
c. SMOM 15-044 Clarification of Qualifications for CMF 68

Note: IAW Para 2-4a(1), DA Pam 611-21 Chapter 10 provides MOSs that require US citizenship of immediate Family members as an MOS qualification.

Note: IAW Para 5-53, immigrant alien applicants may not enlist for any MOS, assignment, or option that requires a security clearance of Secret or above, except as provided in AR 380-67 Personnel Security Program.

a. Standard. NPS/GNPS and applicants are eligible for enlistment provided they meet the minimum criteria of enlistment standard as well as MOS specific test requirements. Applicants must be able to sufficiently speak, read and write the English language so as to understand the oath of enlistment and the TECH CHECK (security) interview. Test score category (CAT), education, and aptitude area scores required for enlistment are:

(1) CAT I (AFQT 93-99) high school diploma graduate (HSDG)/alternate high school credential holder (AHSCH)/general equivalency diploma holder (GEDH)/GED from Youth Challenge Program (GEDX)/high school senior (HSSR)/currently in high school junior (CIHSJR)/non-high school graduate(NHSG).
(2) CAT II (AFQT 65-92) HSDG/AHSCH/GEDH/GEDX/HSSR/CIHSJR/NHSG
(3) CAT IIIA (AFQT 50-64) HSDG/AHSCH/GEDH/GEDX/HSSR/CIHSJR/NHSG
(4) CAT IIIB (AFQT 31-49) HSDG/AHSCH/GEDH/GEDX/HSSR/CIHSJR/NHSG
(5) CAT IVA (AFQT 16-30) HSDG/HSSR

Note: IAW current TAPAS Policy SMOM 17-017 CAT IV testers are no longer required to achieve a passing score on TAPAS.

(a) Applicants categorized as "CAT IV's" must meet the trainability standards outlined below and the aptitude area score of the MOS for which enlisting.

Line Score Waivers - Line score waiver(s) for CAT IVA applicants is not authorized.

High School Diploma Graduate - CAT IVA applicants will be afforded the opportunity to re-test to improve their score to a higher Test Score Category (TSC) Level.

HS Senior - Any HSSR scoring between 16-30 on the ASVAB will be required to retest in an effort to raise their score and qualify as a CAT IIIB and will not be given a control number from the ROC until after the retest.

HS Junior - Currently In High School Juniors (CIHSJR) who are a TSC IV (AFQT 16-30) are ineligible to enlist in the ARNG.

Alternate HS Credential Holders - Alternate High School Credential Holders (AHSCH) who are a TSC IV (AFQT 16-30) are ineligible to enlist in the ARNG.

(b) The Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) Guidance Counselor (GC) must obtain a control number from the ROC at 1-800-356-ARNG (2764) before enlisting a CAT IVA applicant.
(c) The servicing MEPS GC will contact the NGB ROC to obtain the enlistment control number and Test Score Category over-ride.

(6) CAT IVB (AFQT 10-15): Ineligible for enlistment. (with the exception of the 09L enlistment option).
(7) CAT V (AFQT 1-9): Ineligible for enlistment.
(8) Applicants must have a qualifying aptitude area score for the MOS for which enlisting. DARNG (ARNG-HRR) may grant a waiver up to five points (One aptitude area only. No Splitting points) for applicants who do not meet the minimum aptitude area (line) score requirements for the MOS in which enlisting. The only aptitude area score not authorized a waiver is GT (except 3 pts GT for 68W). Aptitude area score waivers are not authorized for NPS/GNPS in Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) 13T, 14 series, 15 series, 18 series, 25 series, 27D, 31 series, 35 series, 68 series (except 68G and 3 pts GT for 68W), 89B (3 pts only), 89D, 94K.

Note: IAW AR 601-210 para 5-8h, Recruiters are not authorized to have applicants retested for the sole purpose of increasing aptitude area scores to meet standards prescribed for enlistment options or programs. Refer to USAREC Message 16-025 ASVAB Retest Policy.

b. Waivers.

(1) Telephonic aptitude area score waivers up to five points for selected MOS are authorized. Authority: DARNG (ARNG-HRR via the ROC).
(2) CAT IV control numbers must be obtained. Authority: DARNG (ARNG-HRR via the ROC).

c. Proponent exceptions (job qualifications).

(1) Exceptions for job qualifications (other than line points or approved color vision) IAW DA Pam 611-21 will be considered on a case-by-case. Only the CMF proponent can grant exceptions to DA Pam 611-21.
(2) Meritorious cases will be forwarded to the ASO after meeting all enlistment qualifications via GCRc workflow (ARNG-HRR via the ROC).


2-9. Physical
References:
a. Color Vision Exceptions
b. SMOM 15-045 Tattoo ETP
c. Unfavorable Medical Conditions
d. Height Weight Charts
e. UMF 40-1-4 Refractive Eye Surgery Worksheet
f. UMF 40-1-10 Over 40 Applicant Questionaire
g. AR 40-501 Standards of Medical Fitness
h. USMEPCOM 40-1 Medical Qualification Program
i. USMEPCOM Medical Prescreen Guidelines

a. Applicant is eligible for enlistment if he or she meets procurement physical fitness standards of AR 40-501 and added requirements of specific option for which enlisting. Glossary NPS that have not been awarded an MOS must meet procurement physical fitness standards of AR 40-501.
b. Waivers may be requested for medical defects, provided applicant is not under the care of a physician or taking medication for the defect.
c. Waivers are not authorized for confirmed positive results for the presence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or antibody (AR 40-501).
d. Applicant will be tested for the presence of alcohol and drugs. Applicants who refuse to submit to drug or alcohol testing will be denied further processing and enlistment (no waiver authorized).

(1) Applicant is eligible if drug and alcohol tests are negative.
(2) Applicant is authorized enlistment in the ARNG pending drug test results, except that applicants who previously tested positive for drugs require a waiver.
(3) Applicants will be advised that they will be discharged if they test positive (laboratory confirmed) for drugs.


2-10. Dependents
Note: IAW AOC approval authority for dependent waivers is TAG. Dependency issues must be reviewed by the State JAG.

Note: IAW SMOM 16-030, the SSN is required for all spouses and cohabitants. If the spouse is a foreign national, who does not have an SSN, explain this in the comments block. The only co-habitant which needs to be listed is a person in an intimate spouse-like relationship with the applicant. Applicants who live with a grandparent or non-intimate roommate such as a college dorm roommate are not to be listed as cohabitants.

a. An applicant meets dependency requirements if he or she is-

(1) Without a spouse and with no dependents.
(2) Married and, in addition to the spouse, has two or fewer dependents.
(3) Without a spouse and does not have custody of dependents.
(4) Without a spouse and required to pay child support for two or fewer dependents by court order.

b. An applicant does not meet dependency requirements and waiver is authorized if-

(1) The applicant is married and, in addition to the spouse, has three dependents under the age of 18. TAG may consider waiver.

(2) The applicant is married, has four or more dependents under the age of 18 or three or more dependents under the age of 18 and wife is expecting an additional dependent due to pregnancy. TAG may consider waiver.

(3) The applicant is married and in addition to spouse has two dependents under the age of 18 and wife is expecting additional children. TAG may consider waiver.

(4) Applicants are processing as a husband and wife team and have one, two, or three dependents under the age of 18. TAG may consider waiver.

(5) Applicants are processing as a husband and wife team and have four or more dependents under the age of 18. TAG may consider waiver.

(6) The applicant has a spouse who is currently on AD or a member of a RC (excluding IRR) of the U.S. Armed Forces and has a dependent less than the age of 18. One Servicemember must have completed IADT. TAG may consider waiver.

(7) The applicant is without a spouse and has custody of at least one dependent under the age of 18. TAG may consider waiver.

(8) The applicant is without a spouse and is required by court order to pay child support for three dependents. TAG may consider waiver.

(9) The applicant is without a spouse and is required by court order to pay child support for four or more dependents. TAG may consider waiver.

(10) The applicant is married and required by court order to pay child support for one or more dependents from previous marriage or relationship for a total of three dependents under the age of 18. TAG may consider waiver.

(11) The applicant is married and required by court order to pay child support for one or more dependents from previous marriage or relationship and, when added to dependents of current marriage, in addition to the spouse, has four or more dependents. TAG may consider waiver.

(12) The applicant is without a spouse and has custody of three or less dependents under the age of 18 and is accessing into the ARNG. TAG may consider waiver.

(13) The applicant is without a spouse and has custody of four or more dependents under the age of 18 and is accessing into the ARNG. TAG may consider waiver.

c. The definitions of dependent, spouses and children are for qualifications and criteria to enlist. These definitions are not for the purpose of determination of pay or allowances, basic allowance for housing, medical, or other benefits. Appropriate authority for determination of benefits is contained in other applicable regulation pertaining to finance and accounting, issuance of ID cards, and privileges.

(1) An applicant is considered to be “without a spouse” if-

(a) A civil court has not recognized common law marriage.
(b) A spouse is incarcerated.
(c) A spouse is deceased.
(d) A spouse has deserted the applicant.
(e) A spouse is legally or by mutual consent separated from the applicant.
(f) The applicant or spouse has filed for divorce.

(2) For the purposes of enlistment, the term "dependent" includes-

(a) A spouse.
(b) An unmarried natural, adopted, or stepchild under the age of 18 living with the applicant.
(c) An unmarried natural child of the applicant under the age of 18.
(d) Any person living with the applicant who is, by law or in fact, dependent upon the applicant for support; or not living with the applicant and dependent upon the applicant for over 1/2 of their support.
(e) Any person for whom the applicant is responsible for their financial or custodial care.

(3) Joint physical custody versus child support-

(a) When a joint custody agreement or order requires joint physical custody by an applicant without a spouse, the applicant is not eligible for enlistment. Visitation or joint decision rights with the respect to education, medical procedures, or other parental decisions, other than actual physical custody, are not considered as requiring joint physical custody. However, if a mandatory period of residence is required, then joint physical custody exists and the applicant is not eligible to enlist. Mandatory physical custody does not include negotiable periods of visitation or voluntary agreement to have custody for short periods that are negotiable and compatible with military service.
(b) If a court order allows modification of custody by written agreement of the parents, and if the other parent assumes full physical custody pursuant to written agreement, the applicant is qualified for enlistment.
(c) Questionable cases will be resolved by referral, with respect to RA/USAR enlistments, through the chain of command to a USAREC judge advocate, and with respect to the ARNG, to the respective State Judge Advocate.

d. The U.S. Army recognizes that some persons for personal reasons have given up custody of a child or children. Refer to AR 601-210 for the rest of this paragraph.

e. Documents used to verify eligibility include the following:

(1) Marital status-

(a) (IAW AOC) A marriage license or marriage certificate with case number may be used to verify marital status.
(b) Divorce decree.
(c) Legal separation decree.
(d) Annulment decree.
(e) Civil action document (divorce pending).
(f) Death certificate (widowed).

(2) Dependents under the age of 18-

(a) Birth certificate.
(b) FS Form 240.
(c) Certified or notarized copy of court order of adoption.
(d) Certified or notarized copy of court order proceeding equivalent to adoption that terminated all parental rights and obligations.

(3) To show if dependent has been placed in custody of other parent or another adult and whether or not applicant is required to pay (by court order) child support, one of the following is used:

(a) Divorce decree.
(b) Court order.
(c) Separation order.
(d) Written custody agreement between parents recognized by State law.

(4) For dependent parent, affidavits establishing dependency.

f. Questionable cases must be reviewed by a ARNG judge advocate.



Section II
Enlistment Periods

2-16. Authorized enlistment periods (IAW AOC)
This section prescribes the eligibility requirements for authorized periods of enlistment for NPS and GNPS applicants enlisting into the Army National Guard.

a. NPS applicants will be enlisted for eight years. Active participation in an ARNG unit is service in the Selected Reserve. A NPS applicant may elect one of the following options (DEP discharges / GNPS see below):

(1) 8 x 0 (eight years Selected Reserve). This option requires applicants to remain assigned to the Selected Reserve for the entire period of the enlistment agreement.

(2) 6 x 2 (six years Selected Reserve plus two years in the IRR). This option requires the applicant to remain assigned to the Selected Reserve for a period of six years before being transferred to the IRR for the remaining two years. See b below. This is the minimum enlistment period for individuals enlisting for Special Forces Training, or for 270-day delay CIHSJR Split Training Option (STO).

(3) 4 x 4 (four years Selected Reserve plus four years IRR). This option requires the applicant to remain assigned to the Selected Reserve for a period of four years before being transferred to the IRR for the remaining four years. See b below.

(4) 3 x 5 (three years Selected Reserve plus five years IRR). This option requires the applicant to remain assigned to the Selected Reserve for a period of three years before being transferred to the IRR for the remaining five years. See b below.

b. Soldiers may request to remain assigned to the Selected Reserve at the end of their contractual obligation. They may extend their enlistment agreement or immediately reenlist at the end of their contractual obligation. Soldiers who elect not to extend or immediately reenlist will be discharged and assigned to the IRR. (See NGR 600-200, Chap 6).

c. Applicants discharged from Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and desire to enlist in the ARNG must enlist for a period to fulfill their uncompleted Military Service Obligation (MSO). Additionally, a minimum of six years must be served in the Selected Reserve. Time previously served in the DEP is creditable towards MSO. See AR 135-178.

d. (Added from AOC Para 3-15e) GNPS applicants must enlist for a period of whole years equal to or exceed the unfulfilled portion of their original MSO.



Section III
Pay Grades

Reference
a. AR 600-8-19 - Chap 7, Section III, Special Advancements and Promotions

2-17. Pay grade and date of rank
a. Persons enlisting in the ARNG without PS will be enlisted in pay grade private E-1 (PV1). Exceptions are shown in paragraph 2-18 or when the applicant qualifies to enter in a higher entry pay grade as outlined under the ACASP.
b. For ARNG, the Date of rank (DOR) for persons without PS will be date of enlistment.
c. Enlistment pay grade determined using paragraph 2-18 does not exempt applicant from basic training requirement.
d. Authority for enlistment grade must be entered in the remarks section of DD Form 1966, to include a statement that the documents used to promote the Soldier have been verified (for example, pay grade E-3 authorized per para 2-18c, by guidance counselor name and rank).

2-18. Enlistment pay grades for personnel without prior Service
a.The following explains who may enlist and when and at what pay grade. An applicant who-

(1) Has no qualifications for advancement to pay grade higher than E-1 may enlist at any time.

(2) Has completed 2 or more years of Junior ROTC, or a National Defense Cadet Corps Program, may enlist at any time at pay grade private E-2. IAW AOC: Must be 2 or more separate school years. Two JROTC courses taken in the same school year (i.e. JROTC 1 and JROTC 2 taken as a sophomore) does not meet the requirement for promotion.

(3) Has completed 1 year of Senior ROTC (SROTC) may enlist at any time at pay grade E-2.

(4) Has attended any military service academy for at least 150 but not more than 179 days, may enlist at any time at pay grade E-2, or at grade determined by amount of college credit completed, as noted in the subparagraphs below, whichever is greater.

(5) Has successfully completed 24 or more classroom semester hours (36 or more quarter hours) at an accredited degree granting college or university list in the AIPE or NACES (foreign transcripts must be evaluated according to para 2-7) may enlist at any time at pay grade E-2.

(6) Has successfully completed 48 or more classroom semester hours (72 or more quarter hours) (without a 4-year degree) at an accredited degree granting college or university listed in the AIPE (foreign transcripts must be evaluated according to para 2-7) may enlist at any time at pay grade E-3. Applicants with an associate degree will be enlisted at pay grade E-3 without regard to the number of semester or quarter hours completed.

(7) Has successfully completed 2 or more academic years of a postsecondary vocational-technical school and has received a certificate of training attesting to successful completion of the course may enlist at any time at pay grade E-3. The school must be listed in the AIPE.

(8) Has successfully completed a degree-producing college program of 4-year duration, the college or university is listed in the AIPE, and has been awarded a bachelor degree or higher (foreign degrees and transcripts must be evaluated according to para 2-7) may enlist at any time at pay grade E-4. Advanced promotion is authorized if college or university provides a letter stating the applicant has met all requirements for a degree, but it will not be awarded until commencement ceremony.

(9) Has completed all phase II requirements of the Air Force Civil Air Patrol and has been awarded the Billy Mitchell Award may enlist at any time at pay grade E-2.

(10) Has taken part in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps and has been awarded NSCADM 024 (Certificate of Advancement) may enlist at any time at pay grade E-2.

(11) Has been awarded the Boy Scout Eagle certificate as a member of the Boy Scouts of America or the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award Certificate or the Venturing Scout Silver Award may enlist at any time at pay grade E-2. A combination of these awards to enlist at the pay grade of E-3 is not authorized.

(12) Has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award Certificate as a member of the Girl Scouts of America may enlist at any time at pay grade E-2.

(13) Is qualified under the ACASP may enlist at any time at pay grade E-4.

(14) IAW AOC. Applicants who claim eligibility for advancement but cannot substantiate will not be advanced on the day of enlistment. Annotate in remarks section of DD Form 1966 series, the applicant must submit supporting documentation prior to ship date or within 6 months of enlistment, whichever comes first, in order to be advanced. DA Form 4187 is authorized to have a retroactive promotion date. Applicants must qualify for the higher grade at the time of enlistment. Advancement based on Stripes for Skills and Stripes for Buddies will be in accordance with AR 601-210. If the Soldier has been accessed into the ARNG, Stripes for Skills and Stripes for Buddies will be in accordance with AR 600-8-19. AR 601-210 requirements continue below

(a) College credit or course completion (includes Junior ROTC and SROTC) must have occurred prior to the date of entry in IADT for the ARNG.

(b) Only colleges and universities listed in the AIPE, NACES, or foreign transcripts evaluated according to paragraph 2-7 may be used. This requirement is only used for advanced promotion under this paragraph and does not affect or change the guidance for promotion boards with respect to education points, which are given or verified via other publications. However, no other education evaluation publication will be used to qualify under this regulation.

(c) Effective date and DOR for Soldiers who lacked documentation at time of enlistment will be the effective date of the promotion by the unit commander. No retroactive adjustment is authorized and each applicant will be advised that failure to produce documents before enlistment or after time frames above will cause them to forfeit entitlement to this incentive. The promotion will be for the grade the Soldier is qualified for at the time of enlistment.

(d) Applicants who have college credit, but owe the college or university money and the school will not release official transcripts until all debts are cleared, must have a letter from the school official stating number of credits earned and the reason official transcripts are unavailable. A letter from the recruiting company commander or ARNG State Education Office verifying with the registrar the number of credits earned and that transcripts are not available due to debt to the school is authorized to award accelerated promotion.

(e) Each applicant who claims, but cannot substantiate, qualification for higher enlistment grade will be required to acknowledge that they have read and understand this rule and the time frames established. An applicant or enlistee will acknowledge this in the remarks section of DD Form 1966. Unit commanders for ARNG RSP, upon verification that a Soldier is authorized the advance promotion under this paragraph, will promote the Soldier, citing this paragraph as the authority. Effective date and DOR will be the date the commander authorizes the promotion.


2-19. Verification requirements for enlistment in higher grade
Applicant must provide the documentation reflected in paragraphs 2-19a through 2-19d to support enlistment in higher pay grade. Guidance counselors will verify required documents to justify higher pay grade from one of the documents listed below. After verifying required documents for advanced promotion, guidance counselor must sign a DA Form 4187 (Personnel Action) that outlines the promotion authority and the pay grade authorized prior to shipping to IADT. This applies to those ARNG members who met an advanced promotion criteria after the initial date of enlistment and who are awaiting shipping to IADT. Additionally, after arrival at the reception battalion, if an error in entry grade is identified following review of a new Soldier’s enlistment contract, the human resources specialists at all reception battalions are authorized to generate and/or authenticate a grade change in the applicable human resources system to provide the correct entry grade. DA Form 4187 completed by guidance counselor will be forwarded to State Headquarters for ARNG personnel.

a. Education documents used to grant advanced or accelerated promotions must be listed in the AIPE or NACES. A guidance counselor, education specialist, operations NCO, first sergeant, commissioned officer, or equivalent contracted personnel assigned to the ARNG must verify documents. Verification must be annotated referencing authority for grade on DD Form 1966, remarks section.
b. Official document awarding Billy Mitchell Award, Eagle Scout, Quartermaster Award, or Gold Award.
c. Document verifying ACASP qualifications.
d. RSP commander’s letter verifying completion of ARNG Stripes for Buddies and referrals as identified by NGB.

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