Active Duty or Army Reserve?
Initial Military Training

Learn the differences between serving on active duty or in the Army Reserve.

Careers & Jobs
Army Reserve Soldiers disconnecting bridge bays during a training exercise

Active Guard Reserve Soldiers work in these areas:

  • Recruiting
  • Public Affairs
  • Transportation
  • Quartermaster
  • Chemical
  • Military Police
  • Signal
  • Retention
  • Operational Research and Systems Analysis
  • Information Operations
  • Logistics
  • Operations
  • Judge Advocate General
  • Finance
  • Adjutant General
  • Engineer
  • Military Intelligence
  • Ordnance
  • Civil Affairs
  • Aviation

REQUIREMENTS

ENLISTED SOLDIERS

If you are an enlisted Soldier interested in applying for an Active Guard Reserve job:

  • You must be discharged from your current component of the Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
  • You must be at least 18 to 54 years old (you must not have reached your 55th birthday).
  • You must be in ranks SPC through MSG/1SG.
  • You must have accrued less than 15 years of active federal service.
  • You must be eligible for reenlistment or extension.
  • You must meet the medical fitness standards for retention prior to entry.
  • You must pass a Defense Central Investigative Index
  • You must NOT have been relieved from any duty assignment for cause in the 36 months prior to your application.
  • You must NOT have been involuntarily removed from Active Duty.

Commissioned and Warrant Officers

If you are an Officer or Warrant Officer applying for the Active Guard Reserve program:

  • You must be pending discharge from your component of the Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
  • You must be in ranks 2LT through MAJ or W01 through CW4.
  • You must have completed the Officer Basic Course, if you have served less than five years in rank (Lieutenant or Captain).
  • You must have completed the Captain’s Career Course, if you have served more than five years in rank (Captain or Major).
  • You must have accrued less than 15 years of active federal service (qualified applicants may seek a waiver).
  • You must meet medical fitness standards for retention prior to entry.
  • You must pass a Defense Central Investigative Index.
  • You must NOT have received a referred Officer Evaluation Report in the 12-month period prior to the date of application or entry.

Active Guard Reserve BENEFITS

You’ll receive the same full-time pay and benefits as Army Active Duty Soldiers, including:

  • Medical benefits
  • Commissary/PX access
  • Full retirement after 20 years of active federal service
  • Education and tuition assistance available through the Army Continuing Education System and various other programs administered through the Department of Veterans Affairs


The AGR also offers these opportunities:

  • More than 6,000 training locations
  • Tour stability (three years on-station is the current average)
  • Professional development at Active Duty Army schools
  • Promotion opportunities

Training

Entrants into the Active Guard Reserve will attend a one-week orientation course: AGR Entry Training. (Note: this does not apply to recruiters.)

You'll receive instruction on these AGR and Army Reserve training topics:

  • Organizational overview of the U.S. Army Reserve
  • Education benefits
  • Military appearance, customs and courtesies
  • Personnel files and awards
  • Family services and benefits
  • Army Reserve maintenance and supply
  • Army drug and alcohol program
  • Disciplinary actions, ethics, fraternization and prevention of sexual harassment
  • Training management
  • Physical security
  • Mobilization planning
  • Health benefits
  • Army weight-control program and physical fitness


If you'd like to apply for the AGR program, visit the U.S. Army Human Resources Command website and search "AGR", or call 1-888-276-9472.