Requesting Reserves after branching

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  1. Frankie

    Frankie Member

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    Hello all,

    I am wondering if one may choose to go reserves with their branch if they have an AD contract or must one request reserves ahead of time?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    One thing about choosing Reserves is that you have to find a unit that has an opening for a 2LT in the branch you want. If they do not have the branch available you have to choose another branch or find a different unit.

    Not sure about switching to Reserve if your given an AD slot.
     
  3. -Bull-

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    I'm not really sure how that works (or if it's possible), but your best source of info would probably be your HRA.
     
  4. The OC Josh

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    I'm pretty sure you can't. Once you go active, that's where the Army has you slotted, but I guess it can't hurt to ask.
     
  5. mbitr

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    One of the many things they threaten to beat you over the head with in BOLC is removal from active duty if you screw up. If you no longer want an active duty slot, talk to your HR person sooner rather than later. If they give you the cold shoulder without doing their due diligence, ask for a point of contact at Cadet Command.
     
  6. DanGir

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    I'm curious as to when a cadet would start looking for an opening? How would the proposed changes by CC to move up component and branch announcements affect this? Could a cadet start looking at the end of MSIII year or before?
     
  7. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    OK...everybody stop...there is no such thing as an "active duty" contract. The contract you signed, whether it is scholarship or non-scholarship states that you will accept a commission in either the active force, guard, or reserves.

    I think the answer to your question is yes, when you access at the end of your junior year or beginning of your senior year you can ask for the Guard or Reserves even if you haven't converted you contract to GRFD prior to that time. I would also recommend that you not convert unless you are 110% sure that you don't want active duty.
     
  8. mbitr

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    Oh, duh. The title threw me off. I read the OP as if he was an MSIII going through accessions and wanted to change his request for active duty to a Reserve component.
     
  9. HorseHolder

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    There was a cadet in my DD's class last year who very much wanted to go AD aviation. He got AD but did not get any of his top branch choices, and in fact, he was force branched to a branch he did not want at all. He pursued a transfer to Reserves which was eventually granted. I have no idea of the process involved - just know that it happened.
     
  10. Jcleppe

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    This is one of the main reasons I advised both my sons and others that were looking to do ROTC, Make sure your willing to do whatever job you receive if AD is your desire. Going into ROTC or even West Point with expectations of getting the branch you want just leads to disappointment. The military is much more then just flying, or combat arms, support jobs can be very fulfilling and the experience you get over 4 years can be valuable.

    Sorry to hear that it did not work out well for your daughters friend, sounds like he wanted very specific branches. Unless your in the top 10% it's sort of a grab bag for what you'll receive. The trick is to do well where they put you, do that and more opportunities can come your way.
     

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