April 30, 2012
SUBJECT: Prior Service (PS) Accession Business Rules and Enlisted Call to
Active Duty (AD) for enlistments into the Regular Army (RA). (UPDATED)
1. This is an immediate message and requires dissemination to all recruiting
2. This message is valid for 2 years from date of publication unless sooner
rescinded or superseded.
a. Army Regulation 601-210, Active and Reserve Component Enlistment Program,
dated 8 February 2011 (with Operational changes), dated 14 June 2011.
b. Department of the Army Memorandum, Prior Service Accessions Business
Rules for Grade Determinations, dated 24 April 2012.
c. MILPER Message 12-117, FY13 Enlisted Call to Active Duty Regular Army
Program, dated 24 April 2012.
d. USAREC message 12-015, Operation Blue to Green Enlistment Program, dated
20 October 2011.
e. USAREC message 12-090, Prior Service (PS) enlistments into the Regular
Army (RA), dated 15 February 2012. (Rescinded)
4. The purpose of this message is to announce new guidance on PS Accession
Business Rules and Enlisted Call to AD for enlistments into the RA.
5. Effective 1 May 2012, PS enlistments in all Skill Levels, to include Soldiers
from Sister Services applying for the Blue to Green (B2G) Program, are restricted
by critical MOS exception according to Human Resource Command (HRC) Accessions
Business Rules. This policy does not affect those PS already in Delayed Status
(DS). No reductions in pay grade will be favorably considered, no exceptions.
6. This policy affects all Days of Service (DOS) Soldiers in pay grades E-1 thru
E-4. Applicants with 179 days or less on Active Duty are considered DOS.
Applicants who never shipped to training and have ZERO days of service may apply
for an exception to policy thru Enlistment Eligibility and Processing Division.
7. This policy DOES NOT affect Soldiers who are removed from the Temporary
Disability Retirement List (TDRL). All Soldiers removed from TDRL will have a
formal electronic grade determination completed IAW AR 601-210, Chapter 5-51f.
8. The HRC Business Rules will be updated periodically by HRC.
a. Applicants in grade E-5 and above must submit a formal electronic request
for grade determination to CG, USAREC IAW with AR 601-210, Chapter 3-17.
b. If applicant is MOS qualified in an MOS listed for his/her pay grade in
paragraph 10a; approval will be granted in his/her grade in current PMOS.
c. If applicant is not MOS qualified for a MOS listed for his/her pay grade
in paragraph 10a, then grade will be approved to retrain in an MOS listed in
paragraph 10b for his/her pay grade if training is available.
d. Applicants in pay grade E-4 and above who hold MOS 09L, 18E, 18F 42R,
42S, 46Q, 46R can request an exception to the Business Rules. Send exception
request thru GCR as a grade determination. Exceptions are not always favorably
NOTE on MOS 09L; 09L E5s and above that speak a language(s) outside of Farsi,
Dari or Pashtu could possibly reenter as an 09L as there is a shortage of skill
level 2 and 3 Soldiers. Additionally, 09Ls in any grade should meet the
qualifications for 35P under ACASP. If reclassification into MOS 35P is desired
a DLPT score of 2/2 is required and must accompany the grade determination
workflow. If approved, applicants will have to attend 35P AIT at Goodfellow AFB.
9. If an applicant does not hold the grade and MOS that has an open vacancy
listed in paragraph 10a below, and there are no retraining vacancies in current
grade listed in paragraph 10b below, request for grade determination for the
purpose of enlistment in the RA will not be favorably considered due to lack of
vacancies in MOS and grade.
10. Accession date for all PS/DOS who enlist for primary option 18 (US Army
First Assignment Only) will be RSM December 2012, unless otherwise directed by
the Recruiting Operations Center (ROC). The following vacancies are available
provided the applicant is otherwise qualified.
a. Vacancies by grade and MOS (changes based on the needs of the Army):
(1) Grades E-1 thru E-4 - 09L, 11B, 12D, 12M, 12N, 12W, 13B, 13D, 13F,
13R, 14E, 14G, 14T, 15N, 15Q, 15T, 15U, 15W, 18B, 18C, 18D, 25V, 31B, 31D, 35G,
35N, 35P (language dependent), 35S, 38B, 56M, 68D, 68K, 68M, 68P, 68Q, 68R, 68S,
68T, 68V, 88L, 89D, 91B, 91F (see note below), 92A, 92R or 94H.
(2) Grade E-5 - 09L, 11B, 12D, 12M, 12N, 12W, 13B, 13D, 13F, 13R, 14E,
14G, 14T, 15N, 15Q, 15T, 15U, 15W, 18B, 18C, 18D, 25V, 31B, 31D, 35F, 35G, 35L,
35N, 35P (language dependent), 35S, 37F, 38B, 56M, 68D, 68K, 68M, 68P, 68Q, 68R,
68S, 68T, 68V, 68X, 79R, 88L, 89D, 91B, 91F (see note below), 92A, 92R or 94H.
(3) Grade E-6 - 12D, 14E, 14G, 14T, 15Q, 15W, 18B, 18C, 18D, 31B, 35F,
35G, 35L, 35N, 35P (language dependent), 35S, 37F, 38B, 56M, 68D, 68M, 68Q, 68R,
(4) Grade E-7 - 35P (language dependent).
(5) Grade E-8 and above - no vacancies.
NOTE: Prior Service applicants that held PMOS 45B are now MOS qualified in
b. If no vacancy exists, the following MOS will be used for retraining
(changes monthly based on the needs of the Army):
(1) Grades E-1 thru E-4 - 18X.
(2) Grades E-5 and above - no vacancies.
c. The following vacancies by grade and MOS are available if already
(1) Grades E-1 thru E-4 - 12B, 12N, 13B, 13D, 13F, 13T, 15W, 25B,
25C, 25M, 25R, 25S, 35F, 35N, 42A, 68W, 88M, 91B, 91D, 91E, 91F, 91G, 92A,
92G or 92Y.
(2) Grade E-5 - 25C, 25R, 42A, 35F, 74D, 91F, 92A or 92Y.
d. If applicant holds the grade and MOS that is listed in paragraph 10a
above, the applicant will enlist for Option 18 (U.S. Army First Assignment Only);
Prior Service Accession Branch (USAREC) will validate MOS qualifications.
11. All applicants who require a grade determination, Prior Service
Accession Branch (USAREC) will determine the enlistment grade as
a. Applicant must enlist in the Delayed Status (DS) within 14 days
of final grade determination. He/she must understand that the vacancies
constantly change; if the grade determination expires prior to enlisting
into the DS, they could be subject to disapproval.
b. If an applicant does not hold the grade and MOS that has an open vacancy
listed in paragraph 10a above and there are no retraining vacancies in current
grade listed in paragraph 10b above, he/she will not be granted accession at this
time. Training opportunities exist for MOSs and grades listed in paragraph l0b
above, however, training is limited. Administrative reduction is no longer
authorized to fill a vacancy.
12. If a renegotiation is approved the DS Soldier may enlist under current HRC
business rules or the HRC business rules in affect at time of entry in the DS.
13. All PS/DOS applicants that hold an Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) may
submit for an exception to policy without regards to the listed MOS vacancies in
paragraph 10a above. Not all exceptions are favorably considered.
14. All PS applicants that hold MOS 42R who currently serve in the USAR/ARNG in
the grades E-4 thru E-6 may compete for active duty vacancies on the USAREC Order
of Merit List (OML). Maximum AFS for each grade are as follows: 12 years for
SSG, 8 years for SGT, 4 years for SPC. Send exception request thru GCR as a
grade determination. Exceptions are not always favorably considered.
15. All PS/DOS applicants that are proficient in a language, as evidenced by
DLPT results of 2/2 or higher, will also be considered as exceptions to policy.
Language ability must not have been obtained by DLI attendance. Languages that
will be considered are Arabic (any dialect), Farsi, Dari, Pashtu, Chinese,
Spanish, French, Russian, Tagalog, Hebrew, Indonesian, Serbo-Croatian, Urdu and
Korean. Applicants that have approved exceptions must successfully complete 35P
AIT. Basic training may also be required IAW AR 601-210.