Prior Service

How do I qualify for Prior Service programs?

Have You Already Served in a Branch of Military Service?

Often, individuals who have prior service in the United States armed forces find that re-enlisting is the path they wish to follow. There is a wide range of reasoning when dealing with this issue, but many realize that they enjoyed and now miss certain aspects of military life that cannot be found in civilian life.

As a former soldier or sailor, there are many opportunities available to you that first time recruits are not qualified to receive. Many factors have a bearing on just exactly how many and which of these programs and bonuses you may be eligible for, but looking into continuing your military career might be well worth your time.

How do I qualify for Prior Service programs?

Qualification for Prior Service programs in the US armed forces varies from branch to branch, and varies also according to the training you received previously and the job training you are seeking with re-enlistment. You may or may not be asked to complete a new physical and new ASVAB. There may be other conditions that must be met as well.

Can I change services?

Most branches of the United States military accept applications from former service members coming to them from another branch of the military. Several aspects of your prior service record will be considered as your new branch finds a satisfactory position in which to place you. Prior military experience very desirable and sought after but it is possible that your previous military career may not fill any of the job slots available in your new branch of the military.

Will I have to repeat Basic Training?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Many deciding factors have a bearing on whether or not you will have to complete basic training or boot camp again. Re-enlistment into the same branch you just separated from might mean you could forego basic training. Re-enlistment into a new branch of military, especially if your new job will differ from your old job, then chances are pretty good that you will have to complete basic training again.If you are returning to the branch that you recently left, probably not. Recruiters are a good source of information on this issue as well.

Will I keep my current Paygrade?

Again this would depend on different factors surrounding your re-enlistment and your previous job description and training. As with basic training issues, the chances are good that your pay would remain close to the same if you re-enlist with the same branch of the military and are carrying out the same duties. On the other hand should you re-enlist with a new branch of the military and will be learning a different job, you may not draw the same pay as before. A recruiter would be able to address these questions for you.

Will I keep my military benefits?

Enlistment into a different branch of the military will not affect your benefits and may in fact make you eligible for additional benefits! The benefits you earned, including medals, awards and other qualifications stay with you during your service in the armed forces. Accumulated time in the military goes toward your retirement and GI Bill requirements. In addition, any bonuses, college funds or other incentives that prior service afforded you are retained intact during your time in the service.

What do I do now?

Request information using our form below. Make sure that you check “YES” when asked about prior service and GET GOING!