Question about the Reserves

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Registered: 07-26-2008
Question about the Reserves
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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 9:32pm

Hey everyone,

I have a question about the Reserves. Mark gets out in a few weeks and we had planned on him on him just completing his contract in the inactive reserves. However, he's worried about being called back up and with stop-loss coming to an end, the chances could increase. Right now, he told me there's about a 10% of being called back up.

Anyways, he's been talking to a recruiter about going into the active reserves. Apparently, he can't be called back up for 2 years if he does this. The recruiter told him he can change his MOS to a job in the medical field (which is what he wants to do when he gets out) and there is a position open in Richmond, VA. What my question is, for the ladies whose husbands/boyfriends are in the reserves, besides the 1 weekend a month commitment and 2 weeks in the summer, what else can I expect? This may be too specific, but also, will they hold this job in Richmond for him while he completes his training?

We've been talking about this a lot and he only has until Monday to decide. I'm kind of stressed out about it, but I think going into the active reserves might be worth it if he can't get called up. He'll also get the post 9-11 GI Bill instead of the Montgomery GI Bill.

So those of you who have experience with the Reserves, what can I expect??

Thanks a lot for any info.

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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 11:21pm
I'm sorry I can't be of any help, Lissa. Tom's been active-duty his entire career, and we won't even be considering reserves for at least 4-6 years (since he's got that much active duty left, at minimum). I don't really know anyone (outside the board) with much reserve experience either. Anyway, I can understand how stressful things are right now. It's always so much fun when you feel like things are finally set and then get thrown a curveball (please note extensive sarcasm in that statement). I hope it all works out!
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Registered: 07-07-2008
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 11:29pm

Rob was in the reserves before he went back to active duty. I'm not to sure what all of his responsibilities were though (outside of the one weekend a month and 2 weeks in the summer). He went from active to reserves and then back to active. I'd ask him and get him to answer your questions, but I can't with him being deployed. I hope someone else gets some answers for you.

I do know that there are some positions that are full time jobs (active guard reserves or something like that). From the way Rob explained it to me, the soldier would be AGR and work full-time for the military even though they weren't active duty.

I hope you guys get your answers soon.

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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 12:46am

Rob's been in the reserves for almost a year now. I just finished asking him and talking to him about reserve things. From what Rob told me, yes, Mark will be non deployable for two years, IF he joins the reserves within 6 months (it might be up to a year, the recruiter will tell him) after get out of active. Rob told me another thing that CAN factor into deployment is if Mark gets a signing bonus.

When Rob joined he change his mos because he "had to". There was no openings in the rate he was in and the one he switched to offered a bonus. Because of the change in his rate he had to go back to A school. He trained in Lackland AFB for not quite two months. His expenses were covered by the military, although for somethings we had to pay out of pocket and wait to be reimbursed. He does his one weekend a month at a near by base ( my brothers reserve base is an hour away) and the two weeks don't always happen in the summer. Mark will get to chose when he does his two weeks, and from what Rob understands, or at least with his unit, they prefer them to stay at their home base, instead of doing the two weeks at another base where the military would have to cover travel expenses.

As for work, as long as he is actually hired and is an employee, they have to let him go to his training and cannot reprimand him for doing reserve duty. I hope I covered and answered some of your questions, Lissa. Feel free to email/facebook me if you have any more questions/concerns!

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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 9:24pm

Lissa,


First of.. is this active reserves (like being an AD reservist)

 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 07-26-2008
Wed, 01-27-2010 - 11:54pm

Thanks you all for the information. I was really confused about a few things, and you ladies really helped clear a lot up.

This was definitely not something I thought we would be dealing with, but the more I learn, the less scary it seems. I know Mark is really concerned about being called back up to active duty and the Reserves seems like a good opportunity for him. They will allow him to change his MOS so he can work as a lab tech in a Veteran's hospital. This was the position he was vying for when he was considering reenlisting back in June, but they would not let him leave Field Artillery.

Soooo...it seems the only downside is we are still dealing with the uncertainty of the Army. Another one of the main reasons Mark decided not to reenlist is because he really does not like his unit or leadership. I would hate for him to get in a similar situation for another two years.

Decisions...decisions. I wish he could just come home and we could move on...but that would be too easy wouldn't it? You're right Mel...always another curveball :) Plus, he knew what he was signing up for.

Thanks again ladies, ya'll never fail when I have questions.

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