I had a few questions I am hoping someone can shed some light on.
Currently I have a little over a year and a half left on my current contract and I am interested in going from Active CG to the Air Force National Guard, specifically the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program. I am currently stationed at Air Station Miami as an AET3 working/flying on the HC-144a. I enjoy doing the maintenance part of the job but not the flying aspect, so when I went back home, my brother in-law mentioned that he does the AGR for the Army National Guard and he is able to work on helicopters in his home town while receiving active duty time, pay and benefits and only do maintenance, with non of the flying or extras. So I began looking into it and there are several positions available to apply for within aviation maintenance, but I am a little confused as to how to go about doing so. I have all the forms I need to apply, but should I contact a recruiter and start filling out a DD 368 Form for a Conditional Release first, then proceed with applying for the position(s)? Or should I applying and if I get chosen, begin the DD 368 process? I heard it takes a long time and it often gets denied. If I get denied for the Conditional release, I only have a year and a half left on my contract (+ two Reserve years), so I can begin applying a little closer to my rotation date too. Another option would for me to try and do Temporary Separation from the Coast Guard and work on getting into the AGR program in that time period?
I do have two more years of Reserve time on my contract after active duty, so a few questions I have for that is: Can I do Temporary Separation with reserve time still on my contract? Can I do reserve time with a different branch such as the Air Force Reserves instead of the Coast Guard? (The nearest CG reserve unit to my home town would be 6hrs away, compared to the Air Force which is 30mins).
Any information would be greatly appreciated.