The Army Blue To Green Program

Army Blue To Green Program

Background On The Army Blue to Green Program

In the early stages of the War on Terror, the Air Force and Navy needed to reduce their active duty end strength, while the Army needed to grow. They decided to offer Airmen and Sailors the opportunity to retrain, separate, transition to a reserve component or enlist into the Army under the Blue to Green Program.

On 7 February 2005, the Department of the Army implemented “Operation Blue to Green.” The program was designed to allow the Army an opportunity to take advantage of the force shaping. The goal was to provide separating service members an opportunity to continue serving while retaining highly qualified men and women within the ranks.

Today, several thousand Airmen, Sailors, and Marines have successfully transitioned into the Active Army, under the Blue to Green Program.

Blue to Green Qualifications


  • Meet eligibility requirements outlined in AR 601-210, Chapter 3
  • Be in the grade of E1 through E6. E1 through E4 will enlist in the same grade, E5 and above will require a grade determination waiver, approval authority is the USAREC CG.
  • B2G applicants are limited to current Army business rules, except for those applying for OCS and WOFT.
  • Advanced pay grades are authorized based on degrees earned while serving.


Meet the medical retention standards in Chapter 3 of AR 40-501.

  • HIV results must be dated within 6 months of separation from service.
  • Physical results must be within the last 5 years.
  • Applicants with a “3” in their PULHES (physical profile) must have their record reviewed by the USAREC Command Surgeon.
    • DD Form 2807, and DD Form 2808 or SF 88 and SF 93
    • Medical Evaluation Board proceedings and associated documents.
    • Service profiling documents.
  • Meet the Army height and weight standards of AR 600-9.
  • Hand carry full medical and dental records upon separation.


Applicants can enlist without regard to the number of their dependents.

Applicants Coordinating Instructions

Prior Service applicants choosing to process for the B2G Program, will obtain an approved DD Form 368 through their services personnel office. The 368 will be valid from the date of signature until the applicant ships to training.

The 368 must contain the following:

  • Projected Re-Entry Code.
  • Separation Program Designator (SPD) Code.
    • If SPD code requires a wait then a waiver needs to be processed accordingly. If the narrative reason for separation is for “reduction in force”, “force shaping”, or similar, accompanied by an RE-3, no waiver will be required.
  • Expired Term of Service (ETS) Date.
  • Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC)
  • Navy Rate
  • Annotation of any lost time in whole days provided by remarks block on page 2.
  • Signature of approving authority.

Basic Training

Applicants coming from the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard will attend  Basic Combat Training (BCT). All applicants who are required to attend BCT will be required to take a full physical examination at MEPS.

HRC Business Rules

All applicants are restricted to the current HRC Business Rules. Applicants in grades E1 through E4 who has a valid service classification (worked during the last 3 years) which converts to an Army MOS may select from a vacancy list for available duty assignments.

Applicants with invalid conversions will be required to retrain based on the needs of the Army.

Length of Enlistment

Applicants will be required to enlist for 3 years if their MOS converts, 4 years if retraining is required. The applicants original eight year Military Service Obligation will not be altered from the original date of enlistment.

About the Author MSG Washington

MSG Washington has served within the ranks of the United States Army since June of 2001. With ten years of recruiting experience, he is an expert on Recruiting Operations, who willingly assists applicants across the Country with their enlistment process.

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