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Active Component to Reserve Component Program

Monday, March 21, 2016

What is it?

The Active Component to Reserve Component (AC2RC) program offers transition opportunities for active-component (AC) Soldiers to utilize their skills and experience in the Army Reserve and Army National Guard, continuing their journey as a Soldier for Life. The program allows Reserve Component Career Counselors (RCCCs) at installations worldwide to contract Soldiers 365 days from their estimated time of separation (ETS).

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Human Resources Command created the Reserve Component Transition (RCT) Branch, consisting of RCCCs who provide information and counsel through Continuum of Service briefs. These briefs offer specifics for continued military service and current Army Reserve and U.S. Army National Guard incentives, stabilization policies, programs, and opportunities available to Soldiers transitioning from active duty.

Soldiers also receive counseling to help transition their experience into a matching career field, presenting opportunities to continue to provide value to the reserve components, civilian employers, and the Total Army. Soldiers are allowed to contract 365 days from their ETS.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

New initiatives are being developed to allow Soldiers to reclassify and complete training within the 365-day timeframe.

AC2RC will provide transitioning AC Soldiers with opportunities to continue to serve the nation while pursuing civilian careers or furthering their education. More information can be received from the Reserve Component Transition Branch.

Why is this important to the Army?

AC2RC perpetuates the Soldier for Life concept by facilitating successful reintegration of AC Soldiers and their Families into the RCs for continued military service opportunities. The AC2RC program gives the Army Reserve access to highly qualified mid-level leaders who will share Army values, technical skills, and leadership with citizen Soldiers, allowing them to provide key enabling capabilities to the Total Army and Joint Force. In 2015, 10,837 AC service members transferred into the RC, 6,483 of whom joined the Army Reserve, filling critical needs as well as saving more than $900 million, which otherwise would have been invested to develop and train initial entry Soldiers.


For additional information:

  • Contact Reserve Component Transition Branch: (502) 613-4200

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