Question for Reservist wives...

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Question for Reservist wives...
Sun, 04-06-2003 - 3:53pm
I was just wondering because my dh will be on reserves for 5 years after October next year and wanted to know if they keep doing any kind of training when they are not being called to duty or if they just lead an normal civillian life and then go when they are called up, or if they do like the one weekend a month two weeks a year thing.

Hope everyone has a good day. I'm off to the gym.

Cameron Proud Army Wife

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 7:45am
If he is active reserves he will have drill one weekend a month. He will go away for 2 weeks out of the year. If he is Inactive that's when he does not do drill and can be called back within that time frame.

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Mon, 04-07-2003 - 9:55am

My DH is in the marine corp reserves for almost 6 years.

Until this last month, we were living the life of a reservist, which is one weekend a month (sometimes its friday, saturday and sunday or just saturday and sunday.) The two weeks is usually taken anytime within the year. Its usually in the summer, but DH has had his two weeks in late fall.

Drill is usually a set week within a month. For example, DH's drill weekend is on the first weekend of the month.

If he is not actively drilling, then he would be in inactive reserve. I know that in the MCR, if you are in IRR, and we go to war (like now) you are pulled from IRR based on your skills/MOS and attached to ANY unit. Which means that you could be serving with another unit, not the one that you were orginially attached to.

This happened to some of DH's IRR Marines. They were assigned to other units that needed their MOS.

Other than that, life is great. I got rid of him one weekend a month and two weeks out of the make him appreciate me more, and for GIRL TIME. But the huge downside is he is now activiated and we lost his income which is more than 50% of our monthly intake, and that is a problem when you are used to having a certain monthly figure to cover all expenses, and the next thing you know its GONE, and what was once possible no longer is. Have an emergency fund somewhere to fall back on, because it is very hard to survive when the main breadwinner is no longer making the dough.

Good Luck.


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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 11:08am
most likely the one weekend a month, 2 weeks a year gig, but with everything going on in the world my husbands unit was pulling alot of TDY's other places, and now with the war lots of deployments from his base. The military has had to rely alot more on the reserve units after all the cutbacks to the active duty units in the 90's. So they are for the most part very busy units.

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 2:16pm
Unless your dh's unit is activated he will continue to only serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year. My dh's unit just called everyone in for almost a month in order to get the unit ready for deployment. All the Reservists and AGR soldiers needed a month just to prepare for a year of Active Duty. For many this is their first deployment and the military way of life is something new. My dh was not selected for the first rotation ( due to his last Bosnia tour) so he will continue to serve one weekend a month, two weeks a year. He also goes in for additional training days when he wishes to make a little extra cash. I hope that helps. Good luck.