Questions about Reserves

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  1. sheriff3

    sheriff3 Member

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    DS and I were conversing over the Thanksgiving break about the commitment to AD vs NG vs Reserve in the Army.

    AD = 4 YEARS ACTIVE + 4 YEARS IRR , DUTY BASE AT THE PLEASURE OF USA

    NG = 8 YEARS, TIED TO A CERTAIN STATE, POSSIBLY LIVING IN A DIFFERENT STATE THAT IS CLOSE TO YOUR UNIT FOR PURPOSES OF DRILL.

    RESERVE = 8 YEARS, NOW HERE IS THE QUESTION...
    1) IS ONE ASSIGNED TO A RESERVE UNIT OR DOES THE MEMBER GET TO CHOOSE?
    2) IN THE EVENT YOU GET A JOB THAT REQUIRES RELOCATION DURING YOUR ENLISTMENT CAN YOU SWITCH UNITS? IS THAT DIFFICULT TO DO?
    3) IS IT DIFFICULT TO CHANGE MOS'S DURING THE 8 YEARS?
    4) IF YOU ARE CALLED UP , SAY FOR A 1 YEAR DEPLOYMENT DOES THE ENTIRE 1 YEAR COUNT TOWARDS THE 8 YEAR OBLIGATION? ( WHAT DOES 1 YEAR FULL TIME EQUATE TO IN RESERVE YEARS?)
    5) IF ONE IS IN THE RESERVES WHAT DOES A NORMAL MONTHLY SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?
    6) HOW OFTEN IS TRAINING DONE? WHEN, WHERE LENGTH OF TRAINING AT ONE TIME?

    As always thank you for any information you can offer. :thumb:
     
  2. k2rider

    k2rider Member

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    1) I have read on this board that the Member gets to choose but the wording was "the newly minted 2nd LT needs to find a unit that has an opening in the MOS that he desires"

    2) Supposedly much easy that if you go NG

    5 & 6) The guys I work with go one weekend per month and then for (2) weeks over the Summer. They stay local on the weekends but I have no idea about the longer stints.
     
  3. QA1517

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    A year served in reserves is one year of your obligation (deployed or not). A year served active duty is one year of your obligation.
     
  4. sheriff3

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    So theoretically one could be called up multiple times during an 8 year reserve commitment and actually serve more time in an AD capacity than a person that went in straight AD in the first place? Thank you both QA 1571 and k2rider for your responses.
     
  5. kinnem

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    You are correct as far as you go. I believe the guys who go AD still have a 4 year reserve commitment afterwards, so it could be awash.
     
  6. chud182

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    But isn't their reserve commitment IRR?
     
  7. QA1517

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    You can serve full time (active duty) in the Army for three years (four years for scholarship winners), with the balance in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).

    I'm thinking it's 6 in guard or reserve and 2 in the irr for officers in the reserve component.
     

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