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Prior Service


Prior Service

If you have prior service your country wants you back.

The Washington Army National Guard is offering great benefits and bonuses and making sure that your valuable prior service is carried over into your enlistment.  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard or Reserve, all branches are welcome. If you have prior military experience, put it to good use serving your country again while earning good money and great benefits. Having served, you know what an honor it can be to come to the aid of your country and how rewarding it can be. It does not matter what branch you served with, the Washington Army National Guard is looking for you.

Your time counts.

It doesn't matter what branch you served in, all your time will be added to your time in the Army National Guard. If you want to make a career out of the military you will be able to reach your 20 years and be eligible for military retirement and benefits.


Your last discharge must have been under Honorable Conditions. RE-4s and Less than Honorable discharges are not eligible for enlistment.

After the applicant is given credit for total prior service (Active and Reserve Component), the applicant must be able to qualify for non-regular retired pay by age 60. For applicants processing for entry into the Army National Guard, age is not a factor as long as the applicant qualifies for non-regular retired pay by age 60.

Probably one question you are asking - Do I have to take a physical at MEPS? That depends. You need to contact your local recruiter so that we can determine your current status. Best thing to do, if possible, is to locate a copy of that last physical you took and give us a call.

If break in service is 10 years or less a new ASVAB test is not required as long as previous ASVAB scores can be verified. However you are eligible to retake the ASVAB if necessary in order to qualify for a new MOS.

Basic Combat Training

If you never completed Army or Marine Corps basic training then you will be required to attend Basic Combat Training. The exception to this rule is prior service USAF and USN special operations personnel or applicants who completed training for Air Force Security Police.

Officer Candidate School (OCS)

Prior Service applicants are eligible for the OCS Enlistment Option provided they meet the basic requirements. OCS applicants must have at least 90 college credits, GT score of 110, US Citizenship, and be able to commission before their 42 birthday. For more information check out our OCS page.

Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)

The Warrant Officer Candidate School Enlistment Option is used to allow Prior Service Non-Commissioned Officers, with the minimum DA WO MOS Proponency requirements, to become a Warrant Officer in the Army National Guard. To be eligible for enlistment for the Technical Warrant Officer Enlistment option Prior Service applicants must have served in the Regular Army or Marine Corps with no more than a 12 month break in service from last separation. Additionally, Prior Service Marines will need to have attended U.S. Army Advanced Individual Training (AIT) or an Army MOS producing Service School while in the Marine Corps. Enlisted status within the Army National Guard is not required for predetermination submission. Once accessed the applicants will have one year from the date of enlistment to be appointed as a Warrant Officer Candidate and two years from the date of appointment as a WOC to complete WOCS. This enlistment option does not apply to Aviation Flight Applicants. Check out our Warrant Officer site for more information.

Two Year Stabilization Policy

The Washington Army National Guard is offering a mobilization deferment for involuntary mobilization for a period of up to 24 months.  The role of the Washington Army National Guard Soldier has become increasingly more demanding as we have transitioned from a strategic reserve to an operational force.  Deferment for involuntary mobilization provides adequate transitioning time for Soldiers and stability for their families. 

The Following individuals who enlist into the Washington Army National Guard through one of the following enlistment programs will be authorized the 24 month stabilization from the date of separation or discharge.

  • Active Duty Soldiers who transfer directly into the Washington Army National Guard through the Reserve Component Transition (RCT) Program.
  • Prior Service Soldiers who enlist into the Washington Army National Guard from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) provided that their last period of service was a period of 180 days or greater and in Title 10 status.
  • Prior Service Solders without a Military Service Obligation (MSO) provided that the individuals break in service does not exceed 24 months and their last period of service was for a period of 180 days or greater and in a Title 10 status.

This stabilization policy does not apply to existing Washington Army National Guard members re-enlisting in the Washington Army National Guard.

Note: The stabilization period exempts Soldiers from current mobilization authority (OIF/OEF) but does not exempt Soldiers from a new, full federal mobilization under Presidential or Secretary of Defense authority, or State mobilizations under gubernatorial authority.

You’ve been there - done that. You know what you’re looking for. Contact your local Army National Guard recruiter to see if we can get you there.

Prior Service

The Washington Army National Guard is offering great benefits and bonuses and making sure that your valuable prior service is carried over into your enlistment.

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Interstate Transfers

If you are a Soldier in the Army National Guard and plan on relocating to Washington.

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The Recruiting and Retention Battalion (RRB) is ready to assist unit readiness personnel and unit Soldiers regarding retention procedures.

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Veterans' Programs

There are many benefits for veterans and members of the armed forces administered by State and Federal offices.

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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

ESGR is a Department of Defense agency with a mission to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees by recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of the law and resolving conflicts through mediation.

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