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    My name is SPC Rawlins, I am currently Active Duty Army, stationed in Germany. I have been on Active Duty since 23 May 2005. I was initially in the Ohio National Guard from June 2001 to October 2003, I was separated due to my unit not sending me to AIT (Long story). I am now facing separation (honorable discharge, overweight) from the Active Army and would like to continue my service in the National Guard. I am buying a house in Lucasville, OH and am currently a 36B (finance) but have no problems re-classing into another MOS. I am just trying to obtain some information on how / if I can transition to the National Guard so as to maintain my benefits (tricare, etc). Thanks for any info or help you can give me on this, even a simple point in the right direction is great. Our resources in Germany are limited and I seem to be getting no answers here.

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    Fat on Active Duty means you will be Fat in the National Guard. We don't need you. Army Standards!

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      Big,

      I left the Guard in 2003 and came AD on Jan 2004. I was in Mannheim, Germany from 2007 to 2011 and that place has resources galore; especially for the military community. If you get involuntary separated for whatever reason; that will hinder/prevent you from transferring to another component.

      I suggest that you work on getting in shape and utilize those nutrition counselors that exists at your location and finish your contract without getting involuntary separated. Take pride in yourself and in your service.

      There was a troop in my section that came from the Georgia Guard to AD and he had issues as well. He came back in 2004 as a Specialist and been a Specialist since. You should be a SGT/SSG by now.

      Chief
      Last edited by Chief Kemosabe; May 3rd, 2013, 06:18 PM.

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        Originally posted by AIRBORNE View Post
        Fat on Active Duty means you will be Fat in the National Guard. We don't need you. Army Standards!
        A bit overstated, although accurate inasmuch as the Guard is subject to the same height/weight standards as the active component (AR 600-9).

        Fat is a solvable problem, however, and once the OP gets himself well within standards, a recruiter might be willing to work with him.

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          LTC Ritchie, Thank you for actually replying and addressing my question. My Question was, if I do lose the weight would I be eligible to join. I have made tape consistently the entire time I have been, I just got caught on the wrong side of a injury. No excuses, it is what it is, I just wanted to know if at some point in the next year, can I come on back over to the National Guard or Reserve. That was it.

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            Originally posted by bigraw View Post
            if I do lose the weight would I be eligible to join.
            The short answer is yes, although you will have additional scrutiny (as you might expect, given the situation). I strongly recommend that you get yourself well within standards before initiating contact with a recruiter.

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              Originally posted by bigraw View Post
              LTC Ritchie, Thank you for actually replying and addressing my question. My Question was, if I do lose the weight would I be eligible to join. I have made tape consistently the entire time I have been, I just got caught on the wrong side of a injury. No excuses, it is what it is, I just wanted to know if at some point in the next year, can I come on back over to the National Guard or Reserve. That was it.
              What part of Germany are you stationed at? If you get an RE-code other than 1; expect delay in entering the Guard.

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                I am no subject matter expert but I can speak from some experience....You need to get some perspective of what you have available to you. I was discharged after coming back from Iraq in 04 with asthma/breathing issues. I was given a choice...I was told you can be re-classed into a non deployable MOS or take MED separation HON RE-3. I took B out of pride thinking I didn't want a desk job in the Army. What I know now is that when you are "in" you have much more control then when you are out. My advise is to get perspective now on what you have (the Army) fight any separation you are getting unless its RE-1 and motivate yourself to meet the standard. PT every day and eat a low calorie diet...use the gyms ruck etc...there are a lot of us out here on the outside looking in wishing we could wear the uniform again. Take pride in yourself and do not accept anything other than RE-1 if you can help it. LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONE HEFEWEIZZEN AND SAUSAGE!!!!

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                  Originally posted by buckeye View Post
                  I am no subject matter expert but I can speak from some experience....You need to get some perspective of what you have available to you. I was discharged after coming back from Iraq in 04 with asthma/breathing issues. I was given a choice...I was told you can be re-classed into a non deployable MOS or take MED separation HON RE-3. I took B out of pride thinking I didn't want a desk job in the Army. What I know now is that when you are "in" you have much more control then when you are out. My advise is to get perspective now on what you have (the Army) fight any separation you are getting unless its RE-1 and motivate yourself to meet the standard. PT every day and eat a low calorie diet...use the gyms ruck etc...there are a lot of us out here on the outside looking in wishing we could wear the uniform again. Take pride in yourself and do not accept anything other than RE-1 if you can help it. LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONE HEFEWEIZZEN AND SAUSAGE!!!!
                  Why where you not processed through a medical seperation board....or where you?

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                    Originally posted by Mr.Incognito View Post
                    Why where you not processed through a medical seperation board....or where you?
                    I was....and my commanders letter stated they wanted to retain me. The above synapsis is very condensed...when I was posed with re-class or eased out question it was a Dr establishing the way he was going to submit the findings to the MED Board. My recollection was I was not getting any advise what so ever on how I needed to navigate everything from MED hold to the separation. Not blaming anyone except myself for not being more persistent with questions and I did not realize I may be able to have that profile flipped back to deployable. By the way I'm I the waver process now....another long story

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