DA Form 160-R "Application for Active Duty"

What Is DA Form 160-R?

DA Form 160-R, Application for Active Duty is a form filed by U.S. Reserve Duty Soldiers wishing to apply for active duty programs. It allows the authorized personnel to determine the applicants' qualifications and may be used for scheduling examinations, screenings and issuing active duty orders.

The newest version of the document - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DD Form 160 - was released by the Department of the Army (DA) in July 2010 with all previous editions being obsolete. An up-to-date DA Form 160-R fillable version is available for download and online filing below or can be found on the Army Publishing Directorate website.

The application is unclassified and available for public use. Failing to provide the personal information required by the DA 160-R will result in denial to participate in active duty programs announced by the Department of the Army Headquarters (HDQA).

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DA Form 160-R Instructions

All guidelines regarding the DA 160-R are prescribed by the Army Regulation 135-210, Order to Active Duty as Individuals for Other Than a Presidential Selected Reserve Call-up, Partial or Full Mobilization, released in September 1999. Filing procedures may vary depending on the current status and grade of the applicant.

  1. Item 1 requires the date of filing the form. Item 2 is for the appropriate area command that has the jurisdiction over the applicant. If the applicant is an active duty warrant officer they should specify the command in which they are serving.
  2. Item 3 is for the full name of the applicant.
  3. Item 4 is filed only by the individuals that are currently appointed or enlisted as Reserves. Their present grade must be provided in Item 4; warrant officers must include their current pay grade. Item 4b is for indicating the reserve component to which the applicant is assigned. Item 4c is used by commissioned officers to indicate their assigned branch.
  4. Item 5a requires the current Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or Area of Concentration (AOC). Item 5b is for individuals applying for an appointment as Reserves with concurrent active duty and requires the applicant to specify the Reserve component to which they are applying.
  5. Items 6a through 6c refer to the applicants Permanent Home Address or Home of Record. Applicants not on active duty will enter their permanent home address in Item 6a. Warrant officers on active duty will provide their home of record as shown in their duty orders. Applicants on duty as enlisted personnel must enter their home address as shown on their enlistment record.
  6. Items 7a and 7b require specifying the address the applicant will be at when the orders are issued and the maximum period of time they will spend at this temporary address. The applicant has to specify their phone number at this address in Item 7c.
  7. Item 8 is completed only by personnel currently on active duty in a warrant officer or enlisted status.
  8. The applicant has to indicate the period during which they would like to volunteer for active duty in Item 9 and state their preference for the location and period of service in Items 10 and 11.
  9. The applicants that need time to settle their affairs before going on active duty must file Item 12. Item 13 is for any additional remarks.

Where to Send DA form 160-R?

The address for mailing the completed application depends on the military status of the service member:

  • Soldiers of the U.S. Army National Guard forward the form to their unit commander.
  • Soldiers of the Army Reserve send it to the unit commander if they are assigned to a unit. If not, they should address it to the Army Headquarters, Appointments Directorate, ATTN: TAPC-OPD-RD, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5200.
  • Warrant officers and enlisted personnel on active duty forward the form to the commander of their present unit.
  • Individuals applying for an appointment with concurrent active duty submit the DA 160-R with their application for appointment according to regulations applicable to the type of appointment requested.
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APPLICATION FOR ACTIVE DUTY
For use of this form, see AR 135-210; the proponent agency is DCS, G-1.
DATA REQUIRED BY THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974
Title 10 USC, 672(d), 10 USC 275.
AUTHORITY:
Used by Reserve Component soldiers to apply for active duty programs announced by HQDA. Application
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE:
is reviewed to determine the member's eligibility for announced active duty requirements.
To determine qualifications and make final selection of individuals applying for active duty. Also used to
ROUTINE USES:
schedule medical examinations, security screening and to issue active duty orders.
Disclosure of personal information is mandatory for soldiers applying for active duty programs announced by
DISCLOSURE:
HQDA.
SEE INSTRUCTIONS ON PAGE 2 BEFORE COMPLETING THIS FORM.
1. DATE
2. TO: Commander,
4a. PRESENT RESERVE GRADE 4b. RESERVE COMPONENT
3. FROM (Last, First, MI)
4c. BRANCH
5a. MOS/AOC
5b. COMPONENT
6a. PERMANENT HOME ADDRESS (Include ZIP code)
6b. PHONE NO. (Include area
code)
7a. TEMPORARY ADDRESS (Include ZIP code)
7b. DURATION
7c. PHONE NO. (Include area
code)
ITEM 8 TO BE COMPLETED ONLY BY PERSONNEL CURRENTLY SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY IN A WARRANT OFFICER OR
ENLISTED STATUS.
8a. PRESENT ACTIVE DUTY GRADE 8b. ORGANIZATION AND STATION ASSIGNMENT
9. I hereby volunteer to enter on active duty, for the period indicated below, in my branch or any of the following branches that I
may be qualified for; and if accepted for active duty in another branch, I request transfer to that branch: (Check as appropriate)
a. FOR A PERIOD OF
YEARS
b. FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD
c. OTHER BRANCHES (List in order of preference)
10. I understand that if accepted for active duty I may be assigned to any command, including an overseas command, to fill any
Army-wide vacancy. However, I would like to be considered for one of the three duty assignments and areas of assignment listed
below in the order of my choice.
CHOICE NO. 1
CHOICE NO. 2
CHOICE NO. 3
a. DUTY ASSIGNMENT
b. AREA ASSIGNMENT
11. If it is possible, I prefer to enter on active duty during one of the three periods indicated below in order of preference:
PREFERENCE NO. 1 (Month and Year)
PREFERENCE NO. 2 (Month and Year)
PREFERENCE NO. 3 (Month and Year)
12. Upon receipt of active duty orders, I will require the time indicated below to settle my affairs for entry on active duty. (Check
appropriate box)
60 DAYS
30 DAYS
10 DAYS
AVAILABLE ON DATE OF RECEIPT OF ORDERS
13. REMARKS (If more space is needed, continue on separate sheet)
14. SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.
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APPLICATION FOR ACTIVE DUTY
For use of this form, see AR 135-210; the proponent agency is DCS, G-1.
DATA REQUIRED BY THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974
Title 10 USC, 672(d), 10 USC 275.
AUTHORITY:
Used by Reserve Component soldiers to apply for active duty programs announced by HQDA. Application
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE:
is reviewed to determine the member's eligibility for announced active duty requirements.
To determine qualifications and make final selection of individuals applying for active duty. Also used to
ROUTINE USES:
schedule medical examinations, security screening and to issue active duty orders.
Disclosure of personal information is mandatory for soldiers applying for active duty programs announced by
DISCLOSURE:
HQDA.
SEE INSTRUCTIONS ON PAGE 2 BEFORE COMPLETING THIS FORM.
1. DATE
2. TO: Commander,
4a. PRESENT RESERVE GRADE 4b. RESERVE COMPONENT
3. FROM (Last, First, MI)
4c. BRANCH
5a. MOS/AOC
5b. COMPONENT
6a. PERMANENT HOME ADDRESS (Include ZIP code)
6b. PHONE NO. (Include area
code)
7a. TEMPORARY ADDRESS (Include ZIP code)
7b. DURATION
7c. PHONE NO. (Include area
code)
ITEM 8 TO BE COMPLETED ONLY BY PERSONNEL CURRENTLY SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY IN A WARRANT OFFICER OR
ENLISTED STATUS.
8a. PRESENT ACTIVE DUTY GRADE 8b. ORGANIZATION AND STATION ASSIGNMENT
9. I hereby volunteer to enter on active duty, for the period indicated below, in my branch or any of the following branches that I
may be qualified for; and if accepted for active duty in another branch, I request transfer to that branch: (Check as appropriate)
a. FOR A PERIOD OF
YEARS
b. FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD
c. OTHER BRANCHES (List in order of preference)
10. I understand that if accepted for active duty I may be assigned to any command, including an overseas command, to fill any
Army-wide vacancy. However, I would like to be considered for one of the three duty assignments and areas of assignment listed
below in the order of my choice.
CHOICE NO. 1
CHOICE NO. 2
CHOICE NO. 3
a. DUTY ASSIGNMENT
b. AREA ASSIGNMENT
11. If it is possible, I prefer to enter on active duty during one of the three periods indicated below in order of preference:
PREFERENCE NO. 1 (Month and Year)
PREFERENCE NO. 2 (Month and Year)
PREFERENCE NO. 3 (Month and Year)
12. Upon receipt of active duty orders, I will require the time indicated below to settle my affairs for entry on active duty. (Check
appropriate box)
60 DAYS
30 DAYS
10 DAYS
AVAILABLE ON DATE OF RECEIPT OF ORDERS
13. REMARKS (If more space is needed, continue on separate sheet)
14. SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.
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INSTRUCTIONS
Read these instructions carefully and follow them. Reserve Component officers are normally recalled in their current Reserve grade.
Grade of an individual applying for appointment and concurrent order to active duty will be determined by the approving authority.
1. SUBMIT IN DUPLICATE . Use typewriter, if practicable; if not, print clearly in ink. If space is insufficient for a particular item,
continue under item 13, "Remarks," or on a separate sheet, indicating applicable item number.
2. The following instructions for items listed should be followed. Items not listed are considered to be self-explanatory.
ITEM 2. Insert appropriate area command such as U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Army Pacific Command, etc. as follows:
a. Personnel serving on active duty in a warrant officer or enlisted status: Enter the area command in which serving on active
duty.
b. All others: Enter the area command having assignment jurisdiction over you.
ITEM 4. Items 4a through 4c will be completed by individuals currently holding appointments or enlistments as Reserves of the
Army.
a. Item 4a: Enter present grade. Warrant officers will include Pay Grade in this item, such as WO, W-1, CWO, W-2, etc.
b. Item 4b: Enter the Reserve component of the Army to which assigned, using the following abbreviations:
"ARNGUS" for members assigned to the Army National Guard of the United States.
"USAR" for members assigned to the Army Reserve
d. Item 4c: Commissioned officers--enter the branch to which assigned.
ITEM 5. Complete as specified below.
a. Item 5a: Enter your primary MOS or AOC.
b. Item 5b: Individuals applying for appointment as Reserve officers of the Army with concurrent active duty--enter the Reserve
component for which applying.
ITEM 6. In this instance the term "Permanent Home Address" corresponds to your "Home of Record," an official term used in
determining entitlement to travel allowances on separation from the service. This address will be indicated in orders placing you on
active duty. NO CHARGE IN HOME OF RECORD IS AUTHORIZED AFTER ENTRY ON ACTIVE DUTY.
a.
For applicants not on active duty
--Enter your permanent home address.
b.
For applicants currently on active duty as warrant officers
--Enter home of record as shown on your warrant officer active
duty orders.
c.
For applicants on duty as enlisted persons
--Enter home address as shown on your Enlistment Record (DD Form 4).
ITEM 7. This item to be completed if it is anticipated that you will be at this address when orders are issued. The temporary
address, if furnished, will be included in your orders and you will enter on active duty from this address.
a. Item 7b: Show maximum period you anticipate being at the temporary address, such as "Until (give month and year)."
b. Item 7c: Furnish the telephone number at your temporary address.
ITEM 13. Include all information you consider essential from the standpoint of assignment restriction.
3. IMPORTANT --Review your application to ensure accuracy and completeness. Then forward your application according to
applicable following instructions:
SOLDIERS OF THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES: To your unit commander. Applicants who are ARNG OCS
candidates, OBC students, or attending aviator courses will apply through proper school commandant.
SOLDIERS OF THE ARMY RESERVE: To your unit commander, if assigned to a unit. If not, send to HQDA, Appointments
Directorate, ATTN: TAPC-OPD-RD, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5200. Applicants who are USAR OCS candidates,
OBC students, or attending aviator courses will apply through proper school commandant.
WARRANT OFFICERS OR ENLISTED PERSONNEL ON ACTIVE DUTY: To your present unit commander.
INDIVIDUALS APPLYING FOR APPOINTMENT WITH CONCURRENT ACTIVE DUTY: Submit together with your application for
appointment according to regulations applicable to the type of appointment requested.
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