Enlistment Criteria

Chapter 1
Enlistment Criteria Introduction

Section I

X-1. Point of Contact
POC for this criteria is:

1SG Richard Platt
Cell: 609-802-3210

Refer to AOC P-1 thru P-4. Refer to P-5 for Pre-Accession Religious Accommodation requests.

P-2. Exceptions To Policy (IAW AOC)
a. All exceptions must be submitted through the appropriate chain of command to the State AG and submitted through the eTracker to ARNG-HRH-E. Exceptions to policy are granted on a case-by-case basis.
b. Exceptions to policy are only granted to applicants whose cases are sufficiently meritorious. Requests for exceptions to policy must provide substantial background information and significant accomplishments to justify the applicant's enlistment into the ARNG.
c. A comment will be recorded in the remarks section of the DD Form 1966 series for applicants granted an exception to policy for the purpose of enlistment.
d. Under current procedures, only the State G1 office have access to eTracker. All RRNCOs must coordinate with the G1 to submit ETP’s. Medical waivers are submitted through MATS.
e. Suitability reviews, administrative and conduct waivers are submitted through the Army Recruiting Information Support System (ARISS).
f. See P-5 for Pre-Accession Religious Accommodation requests.

1-1. Purpose
a. Prescribes eligibility criteria governing the enlistment of persons into the Army National Guard (ARNG).
b. Provides guidance for applicants enlisting for a specific enlistment option and/or program. Persons qualified under one of these options/programs may be authorized advance pay grades upon their enlistment and/or accelerated promotions based on skill level and demonstrated duty performance.
c. Applicability. This criteria applies to the Army National Guard and is subject to exceptions approved by the proponent and exception authority.
d. Proponent and exception authority. The proponent of this criteria is the Chief, Personnel Policy Division (ARNG-HRH). The proponent has the authority to approve exceptions to this criteria that are consistent with controlling law and regulation or guidance outlined in AR 601-210.
e. Supplementation. Supplementation of this directive is prohibited without prior approval from the proponent.
f. Suggested improvements. Users of this criteria are invited to submit comments and suggested improvements on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) to the proponent ARNG-HRH, 111 South George Mason Drive, Arlington, VA 22204-1382.

1-2. References
See Appendix A.

1-3. Explanation of abbreviations and terms
See glossary.

1-4. Responsibilities
Specific program responsibilities are listed in each chapter.
a. The Secretary of the Army will-

(1) Except as specifically provided by law, establish enlistment qualifications for the RA, USAR, and ARNG.
(2) Be the denial authority for enlistment. See paragraph 1-6 for additional information and exceptions.

b. The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) (ASA (M&RA) will serve as the review and approval authority for the continuation or implementation of new incentives, pilots, or programs.
c. The Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 (DCS, G-1) will develop and maintain policy and programs for ARNG enlistments and exercise Army General Staff responsibility for policy governing ROTC, SMP, and the Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program (ACASP).
d. The Chief, Army Reserve (CAR) will— See AR 601-210.
e. The Director, Army National Guard (DARNG) will-

(1) Control enlistments under the RC enlistment program for ARNG enlistees.
(2) Have overall responsibility for developing and maintaining policy and programs for Army National Guard of the United States (ARNGUS) enlistments.
(3) Submit requests for continuation or implementation of new incentives, pilots, or programs through the DCS, G-1 to ASA (M&RA) for consideration.
(4) Exercise staff supervision and management of the SMP as it pertains to ROTC cadets.
(5) Organize and administer the submission of the NACLC, single scope background investigation, NIAC, and fingerprint checks for ARNG enlistments.
(6) Coordinate with DCS, G-2 for receipt of NIAC results.

f. The DCS, G-2 will coordinate with CG, USAREC; DARNG; and CAR for receipt of NIAC results.
g. The Commander, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM) will process applicants and enlistees per Chapters 5 and 6 of AR 601-210 and AR 601-270.

1-5. U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School
Refer to AR 601-210.

1-6. Secretarial authority
a. Establishment of qualifications for enlistment. Except as specifically provided by law, establishment of qualifications for enlistment in the ARNG is the prerogative of the Secretary of the Army (SA).
b. Denial of enlistment. Except as delegated herein or by special Army directive, denial of enlistment will be at the discretion of the SA. Denial may be given either in an individual case or by an order applicable to all cases specified in that order. The SA may deny enlistment to any person who otherwise meets criteria.

1-7. Penalties for violating
a. Military personnel who violate or fail to comply with this regulation are subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), for violation of Article 92(1). Also, military members may be subject to punishment under the UCMJ for violation of Article 92(3) or Article 84. Particular attention should be given to UCMJ, Article 84, which states: “Any person subject to this chapter who effects an enlistment in or a separation from the Armed Forces of any person who is known to him to be ineligible for enlistment, or separation because it is prohibited by law, regulation, or order shall be punished as court-martial may direct.”
b. Department of the Army (DA) civilians who violate or fail to comply with this regulation are subject to disciplinary action under the proper Office of Personnel Management regulation.
c. Commanders will consider initiating disciplinary action against military personnel and Department of the Army (DA) civilians when proper.

1-8. Eligibility
a. All persons who process applicants for enlistment in the ARNG will use the utmost care to procure qualified personnel. Eligibility of personnel will be based on their ability to meet all requirements, to include procurement of prescribed waivers. No applicant will be accepted for enlistment before approval of any required waiver. Processing will be immediately discontinued if an applicant for enlistment in the ARNG admits to a nonwaivable disqualifying condition. This will include, but is not limited to, an applicant who is determined to be drug dependent, admits to an open law violation or fine, or displays other nonwaivable medical, conduct or administrative disqualification’s contained in paragraph 4-22. For the purpose of this paragraph, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) processing includes medical examination, special tests, or enlistment.
b. Applicants for enlistment in the ARNG will not be accepted unless reasonable assurance exists that they will be available and able to take part satisfactorily with the unit concerned; they also will be available for immediate order to AD in an emergency or partial or full mobilization. In this respect, careful thought will be given to the following:

(1) Normal commuting time and distance of day-to-day job.
(2) Possible conflicts with civilian occupation.
(3) Past performance as USAR or ARNG member.
(4) Frequency of past relocations of residence.
(5) Applicants with spouse and dependent children who apply for waiver of the dependency restriction must thoroughly understand that responsibility for dependent children in no way lessens their obligations for satisfactory participation in the ARNG and availability for mobilization.

1-9. Enlistment in any U.S. Armed Force by Army Reserve or Army National Guard members
a. Enlisted Soldiers of the USAR who desire to enlist in the RC of another U.S. Armed Force will be governed by AR 140-10 for enlistment in the USAR and NGR 600-200 for enlistment in the ARNG.
b. Enlisted Soldiers of troop program units (TPUs) of the USAR, ARNG, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), Standby Reserve, or ROTC, to include SMP, who desire to enlist in the Regular Component, to include DEP or MSO delayed status, may enlist under paragraph 5-21.
c. RC enlisted Soldiers of the USAR and the ARNGUS who meet the criteria outlined in 10 USC 12686 (sanctuary period) will be processed by Commander, HRC, in accordance with paragraph 3-17b(4).

1-10. U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard membership
a. Personnel become enlisted members of the USAR (Selected Reserve or IRR) or ARNG by—

(1) Enlistment of RA Soldiers in the USAR or ARNG to complete the remainder of an MSO. On completion of the statutory obligation (expiration term of service), the member must continue in a military status by reenlistment or extension under AR 140-111 or NGR 600-200 or be discharged from the RC.
(2) Enlistment of ARNG members in the USAR. On discharge from the ARNG, a member may still retain Reserve of the Army status and be required to complete a remaining contractual or statutory MSO. On completion of the obligation, either statutory or contractual expiration term of service, the member must either reenlist immediately under AR 140-111 or be discharged from the USAR. Extensions are authorized under the policy contained in AR 140-111. Enlistment of ARNG personnel into the USAR will also be in accordance with AR 140-111 and NGR 600-200.
(3) Transfer from the Retired Reserve to the Ready Reserve under AR 140-10, with the approval of the Secretary of the Army, if the member is drawing retired pay. These personnel are not required to execute a Department of Defense (DOD) DD Form 4 or process for enlistment or reenlistment. They remain on an indefinite Ready Reserve status until age 60.
(4) Transfer from the Retired Reserve to the Ready Reserve under AR 140-10, with the approval of Commander, HRC, if the member is not drawing retired pay. These personnel must be reenlisted under AR 140-111.
(5) Enlistment in the USAR by completing a DD Form 4 and executing an oath of enlistment when applying from civilian status or from another military service of the United States. These enlistments are accomplished under policy in chapters 2, 3, and 5.

b. Service in the USAR or ARNG is either statutory or contractual.

(1) Statutory Service. Under provisions of 10 USC 651, each person who becomes a member of a U.S. Armed Force, either by enlistment, appointment, or induction, will serve in the U.S. Armed Forces for a total initial period of 8 years. Any part of such Service that is not AD will be performed in a RC. A person’s statutory MSO runs concurrently with a contractual MSO.
(2) Contractual Service. Each person who enlists or reenlists in a U.S. Armed Force executes a contractual agreement (DD Form 4) that establishes the terms of the service to be performed in that U.S. Armed Force. The contractual agreement runs concurrently with the statutory obligation incurred under 10 USC 651. Following fulfillment of this statutory obligation, any subsequent military service is served according to the terms of the contractual agreement governing the Soldier’s current enlistment period.

1-11. Valid enlistment or reenlistment agreements
a. DD Form 4. DD Form 4, together with appropriate annexes, is the only valid agreement that exists between the person and the National Guard Bureau (NGB) for enlistment in the ARNG. For continued ARNG membership, when the term of Service agreed to in such an agreement expires, one of the following applies:

(1) The agreement will be extended.
(2) A new DD Form 4 and Oath of Enlistment will be executed.

b. Transfer order (reassignment order) (for U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard only). A transfer order (reassignment order) is published to serve as the source document and authority to move members between the USAR, ARNG, or to the IRR. This order never alters terms of an enlistment agreement and never replaces an enlistment agreement.

1-12. Referral of applicants to higher headquarters
ARNG recruiting personnel have detailed knowledge about enlistment eligibility. They also have a general knowledge of normal conditions in the Army. The recruiter will resolve cases locally or request further assistance when needed through the chain of command.

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