• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

Blue to Green 11X Opt. 40 and 18X

andrew928

AFSOC DAGRE
Verified Military
Joined
Jan 14, 2018
Messages
5
#1
Gents,
I am trying to find information on the ability to use the Blue to Green program as an E-5 and acquire a slot with an 11X Opt 40 or 18X contract. I have talked to recruiters at my home station but would like some input from those with the proper know how.
 

DELCO

Comms
Verified Military
Joined
Dec 1, 2017
Messages
12
#2
What information do you need exactly? I just finished the process from blue to green as an E5 coming from the Navy and am shipping out soon under an 18X contract. If you're speaking to an Army recruiter you are off to a good start. Use the search option on this site as well. It helped me fill in some gaps about the process and answered a lot of questions I had.
 

andrew928

AFSOC DAGRE
Verified Military
Joined
Jan 14, 2018
Messages
5
#3
As far as getting the slot for 18X. It's not on the avaliable listing but I've also talked to the SORM in Hawaii and they told me the recruiter had to contact somone.
 

andrew928

AFSOC DAGRE
Verified Military
Joined
Jan 14, 2018
Messages
5
#4
also, Ive heard that Airforce is no longer allowed to transfer over into 18X. Does anyone have any truth to that?
 

amlove21

Pararescue
Administrator
Joined
Dec 29, 2008
Messages
3,217
Location
The Duke City
#5
also, Ive heard that Airforce is no longer allowed to transfer over into 18X. Does anyone have any truth to that?
These sorts of rumors never make sense to me. Can NO service transfer? Just the AF?

I’ll say I doubt the Army restricted the USAF from applying to Army SF Blure-Green. But I’ll bet the recruiter would know.
 

Kheenbish

Verified Military
Joined
Dec 24, 2012
Messages
162
#6
Recently did the whole process (again), but was offered other options in the AF. Talk to a recruiter, get a DD368 (conditional release) signed by your commander, apply for sep through AFPC, then the wing will sign off. Your functional will also have to approve of this, then AFPC will approve and give you a letter saying they will release you on the condition that the Army picks you up. You go to MEPs pick a job, yes 18x is still open. Option 40s are difficult to get but still possible. You won't be reduced in rank anymore.

You have to be in your last year of your current enlistment. Whole process will take awhile, a friend of mines command would only approve for him to transfer over on the last day of his current enlistment.
 

DELCO

Comms
Verified Military
Joined
Dec 1, 2017
Messages
12
#7
@Kheenbish Has laid out for you what you need to do. Conditional Release is what you need to transfer. According to your introduction you are coming up on the end of your 6yr enlistment contract. If you have not started your DD368 process for Conditional Release yet you may want to get that started. It takes time for the release to be approved. You are still considered prior service when you go to an Army recruiter. Whoever said the Airforce is not allowed to transfer to 18X may be telling you that the Airforce isn't letting anybody leave the Airforce to pursue anything outside the Airforce until they've completed their contract. The Army determines whether you qualify for a certain job or enlistment option. Your recruiter should be looking at the current "Prior Service Business Rules". There they should be able to determine whether your time in service and rank will be a problem for going 18X option. Those and your ASVAB scores will determine whether you are eligible or not for the18x slot, not the fact that you are Airforce.

If you don't get your Conditional Release (DD368) on time beofre the end of your AF contract do not fret. You can still talk to the Army recruiter and it may be faster. Because your contract is up for the Airforce, you will not need to wait on a Conditional Release. The Army recruiter will now be free to submit a package for you to send you to MEPS where you can "negotiate" a contract for 18X. The biggest takeaway from all this is making sure you are eligible (ASVAB score, time in service, Rank) for getting the 18X option.

So you got two options. Use this information to work with your recruiter. Also remember, Army recruiters may not have all the answers. You may have to do some research like you are doing now and point your recruiter in the right direction. I was the first Blue to Green guy with a DD368 at my recruiter's office so we used all our combined knowledge to figure out how to get me what I wanted. If you're really set on going Army SF or get an option 40 you got to push the process along.
 

andrew928

AFSOC DAGRE
Verified Military
Joined
Jan 14, 2018
Messages
5
#8
I appreciate the responses. I'm currently at a school that rhymes with sere so I can't get my 368 completed now. That being said I actually hit my 6 years this month but have extended for a year so that should be an issue. I have also talked to my leadership and they are on board.