air force reserves

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  1. MaritimeGirl11

    MaritimeGirl11 Member

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    Is there anyone there that would be able to answer questions about the air force reserves that I have?

    Thank you
     
  2. Pima

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    Is AFAD with a reserve commissioning or reserves? Two different things.

    You can be an AFAD member with a reserve commissioning, but the only way to know that you are one of them is the lack of a ring knocker. You will go to UPT, go to the same operational squadron, see the same docs, get paid the same amt and move as frequently.

    Now you can also be a full time reservist, but you will not be in the operational squadrons with AD members, your medical coverage is different, even your rights to shopping in the commissary are different. You will not live on base. You will most likely homestead for your entire career. You too will get retirement pay, and meet promotion boards, but they are different beasts.
     
  3. MaritimeGirl11

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    1 weekend a month deal. I want to do part time to help pay for school and get a get state or fed job.
     
  4. MaritimeGirl11

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    or an email contact for a AFR recuiter in the state of mass???
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    All online.
     
  6. MaritimeGirl11

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    where? All I can find is phone numbers and I all I ever hear on the phone is join now join now. email you dont have to deal with that. I cant find an EMAIl contact for the AFR in mass.
     
  7. Pima

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    One thing I would say is think long and hard about this option. People believe it is 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks a yr, they sign on only to find out that they too are in the zone to be sent for a yr long deployment to the desert. I know many people who have had to do this in almost every branch. Don't join thinking that this is a no strings attached deal. I had a friend who did it for college too, she loved the pocket money while at the same time being a stay at home mom. Lo and behold, Gulf 1 occurred and she was given 72 hours to report. She literally scrambled to get her life in order. In the end as soon as she was able to leave she did. Her exact words was she realized she made a deal with the devil and the devil always collects. To this day I can remember exactly where we were and what we were eating when she said it, because I saw how it affected her up close and personal. She actually had to run to JAG to get me legal paperwork to be guardian of her children to her parents could collect them (she fell in love and married an AFA grad who had already been sent to the desert).

    My boss's ds is an attorney and he too did it to pay for college. He was forced to go to Iraq a few yrs ago, only to come home to his wife asking for a divorce. 3 yrs later they hit him again. Both times were 6-9 mos deployments and in the end it actually hurt his career because others in his law firm were back there working on cases while he was defending our country.

    I am not saying it will happen to you, but remember it can, and if you aren't willing to pay that price, take a college loan instead.

    Good luck.
     
  8. MaritimeGirl11

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    I don't think they are going to send an emergency mangement job (officer) to iraq. Em job works only with FEMA. Not international war.
     
  9. sprog

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    One can never be too sure where they will send you. I think the point previous posters have, is that you should be prepared to be activated and sent anywhere if you join the USAFR, regardless of what your AFSC is. You may very well be right, and you'll never have to leave the US. Nonetheless, you should understand that there is always a chance for you to be sent abroad for an extended period. It's all "needs of the Air Force." If a recruiter tells you otherwise, my guess is that he's lying (shocker:shake:).
     
  10. MaritimeGirl11

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    you don't sign anything till you knoe EXACTLY what you are going to get.
     
  11. sprog

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    Trust me, there is fine print in any agreement you make with the service which says that it is subject to "the needs of the service." This isn't to say that you won't get your desired career field, or that you will have to deploy outside of the US; however, the chance is there that you will. Just something to consider.
     
  12. MaritimeGirl11

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    My dad was in the air force he will make sure every right question is asked before me signing. he knows hte system very well.
     
  13. Pima

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    The attorney I spoke about in a previous post was first sent as a JAG, 3 yrs later because he was promoted he was sent as a commander of a squadron that was in charge of rebuilding schools, absolutely nothing to do with the law, just happened to be his rank and he drew the short straw.

    This guy was the son of an O6 Army officer, and the son was an attorney. Like Sprog stated the military has the right to do to the needs of the service. If you are wondering if he is still a reservist, he is. He stayed because now he is so close to points for a retirement in the reserves it is not worth it for him to leave. He spent his first 15 yrs never going anywhere, the last 4 he has been deployed for almost 1/2 of those 4 yrs.

    Bullet as an ADAF officer, was deployed to Iraq when he was at the Pentagon working a desk. The Army said to the AF we need a person with XYZ qualifications to go to Iraq with the Army. AFPC laughed in their face believing that the requirements were so specific that there would not be one AF officers with all of their needs, lo and behold, there was exactly 1, and it was Bullet! His orders were cut and he was gone in 10 days.

    Granted that is the ADAF, however, my point is even if you know the job is going EM, that doesn't mean you are safe because even the little things you do in EM can mean you are their perfect candidate for their needs.
     
  14. MaritimeGirl11

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    FEMA does work with war.
     
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    trust me i was taking to my friend who is a EM and he told me its a slim to none chance.
     
  16. Pima

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    Look you know what is best for you. Obviously by being on this site you want to make sure you are the most informed person before you sign on the dotted line. People here are not trying to sway you from not signing, instead by playing devil's advocate with you, this allows you to know it is right for you.

    I would assume that if you are EM with FEMA than your deployments will be stateside, but remember they too can be long. Look at Hurricane Katrina or even this oil spill. Granted you will be close to home, but the problem that you would face right now if you were deployed for the oil spill is that it could be months a way from your job. At the very same time the colleague who entered after you may be promoted before you because they never left to serve. The company cannot fire you, but that doesn't mean that they must stop promoting people, and obviously if you are gone for 2-3 months life will continue to move on at work. Flip side your military experience may make you more valuable to the company because you have hands on experience, whereas the colleague has only theoretical experience.

    There are both positives and negatives, but it is important to understand all of them.
     
  17. MaritimeGirl11

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    id love to get sent down to the south to help out with the oil spill right now. I think the CG is taking care of that right now though.
     
  18. Pima

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    I am sure it is the CG that has the bulk of the responsibility, but I saw on the news that the Army NG is in Alabama or Mississippi also working on it. I would also assume that the AF is sending out their planes to view from the sky assisting the CG planes.
     
  19. MaritimeGirl11

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    I don't meet the height requirement to fly. sorry.
     
  20. kp2001

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    But they sure can send you to be a Third Country National (TCN) escort as an IA. The two bases I'm deployed to in the middle east are heavily ensconced with AF personnel and on both they have AF personnel who act as basically "minders" for the people who do work on base.

    Either way, you're getting good advice. Take it all in and make an informed decision.
     

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