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Army National Guard Active First Program

What is it?
Active First is a pilot program designed to synchronize a Soldier’s first enlistment between service in the active component and service in the Army National Guard (ARNG). The program applies to recruits with no prior military service who are placed in select military occupational specialties. The Active First Program has three phases:

What has the Army done?
Active First will be evaluated from August 2007 through August 2013. The program, launched on October 1, 2007, had 97 new enlistments by the end of the first month. It is expected to bring approximately 1,600 Soldiers to active duty this fiscal year.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
A decision to continue or modify the Active First Program will be made after the results are fully evaluated.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Active First Program will help the Army make its recruiting mission this fiscal year and contribute to the active component’s growth over the next three years by 65,000 Soldiers, thereby achieving a total force of 547,000.

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