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  • Marine Corps Reserve SNCO to Guard. Keep rank or go Officer?

    I am a 32 year old Marine Reserve SSgt and am scheduled to be promoted to E7 in June. I am interested in transferring to the Guard because there are no billets in California, where I live, for my MOS and rank. I currently drill in NJ and it is a E5 billet and once I pin on E7 I will get the boot to the IRR within a year. I have 14 years of service with no breaks. My MOS is 7041 Aviation Operations Specialist. Equivalent to Army 15P.

    My question is if I join the guard will it be possible to keep my rank and MOS? Also, I am currently in College and I am interested in commissioning in the Guard I am very close to the 90 units required. Is it easier to commission from the Marine Reserves or should I transfer to the Guard as an Enlisted Soldier and apply for commission once I have joined? Thank you for your help.
    Last edited by Keego101; April 7th, 2014, 04:07 PM.

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    Originally posted by Keego101 View Post
    I am a 32 year old Marine Reserve SSgt and am scheduled to be promoted to E7 in June. I am interested in transferring to the Guard because there are no billets in California, where I live, for my MOS and rank. I currently drill in NJ and it is a E5 billet and once I pin on E7 I will get the boot to the IRR within a year. I have 14 years of service with no breaks. My MOS is 7041 Aviation Operations Specialist. Equivalent to Army 15P.

    My question is if I join the guard will it be possible to keep my rank and MOS? Also, I am currently in College and I am interested in commissioning in the Guard I am very close to the 90 units required. Is it easier to commission from the Marine Reserves or should I transfer to the Guard as an Enlisted Soldier and apply for commission once I have joined? Thank you for your help.
    I think you should engage warrant officer recruiters in both the USAR and ARNG on Warrant Officer MOS 151A before you make any decisions.

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      The senior NCO ranks might have few positions, making an assignment awkward. The National Guard's force structure dwarfs that of the USMCR, so it's statistically more likely to find opportunities with the Guard. I cannot comment on OCS in the USMCR, because I just don't know. Another post mentioned service as an aviation maintenance warrant officer, and I also recommend that you pursue that venue.

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