I was attempting to explain to a neighbor recently the Branching, etc. options open to an ROTC Scholarship Cadet upon graduating. - 4 years min. Active Duty in 15 Branches, or about 6 yrs. for Aviation Branch; + IRR to total 8 years - 8 years Reserves/Guard They asked if the Guard or Reserves also had full-time positions rather than part time (2 days/month, 2 weeks/year). Funny, I had never thought of that, but of course they must or who would be running the programs -- not weekend warriors! So I googled and came up with this article, among other things: http://www.army.mil/article/61541 So it seems there are full time (active) assignments in both the Reserves and Guard, for all Branches except IN, AR, FA, AD. It does seem like the program was designed for AD soldiers who: 1) are trying to decide whether to stay in AD or transition into civilian life, and/or 2) want a longer term (3 yr. tour) state-site assignment. I read a few other things I found on google, and one requirement for a 2LT to be assigned to "Active" Reserve/Guard is the *prior* completion of BOLC. I assume b/c of the BOLC requirement, that Active Reserves/Guard is not something a cadet in ROTC can choose during the Accessions process to place into right out of college? Are there any Active Reserve/Guard members who post here, and if so, can you comment on it?