The key to a successful IST is communication and coordination with your leadership and your Unit Readiness NCO (RNCO). The process usually goes as follows:
You contact your Unit Readiness NCO and let them know your plan.
They determine if the you are “administratively ready” (i.e., no pending Uniform Code of Military Justice or disciplinary action, flags to medical readiness status, or other administrative issues).
Once they are deemed “ready,” the RNCO will then forward your information to the state you are transferring to IST coordinator.
The IST coordinator will ensure a valid, vacant position exists in Vermont.
If you fail to coordinate the move, you risk losing your bonus, rank, military occupational specialty or even face discharge.
MAKING THE TRANSITION
Once a slot becomes available, you will receive counseling from the losing unit. This counseling will assist in identifying any issues, concerns or risks that must be addressed prior to the move. For example, if the counseling reveals that the Soldier will not be employed when arriving to the gaining state, coordination can be made with resources in the gaining state to assist them in their job search.
If you do not feel comfortable discussing issues, concerns or risks with your unit, you can contact your state IST coordinator or the Army National Guard IST Help Desk. "The Help Desk is a tremendous resource, no matter how big or small the problem, so Soldiers should take advantage," says Sergeant Major Andrew Berger of the Army National Guard’s Strength Maintenance Division.
In the event that a vacant slot does not exist in Vermont, our IST coordinator will work with you to find a slot. This may mean the need to Reclass, or request a an Administrative Reduction for your MOS of choice.
FINALIZING THE PAPERWORK
Once you are placed into a gaining unit, the Vermont IST coordinator will assist the Soldier in completing NGB Form 22, which acknowledges your acceptance into the Vermont Army National Guard after an enlisting officer has sworn you in. Your expiration term of service (ETS) will remain the same, unless sooner discharged by proper authority.
As soon as you have been sworn in, you’ll have 60 days to report to your new unit. You should contact your new unit of assignment to coordinate training dates and discuss any questions or concerns.