Discussion in 'ROTC' started by air_power, Mar 22, 2009.
What determines whether you get a regular or reserve commission?
bump, as I feel this is an important issue. Is it still true that you get a regular commission graduating from an academy?
For the AFA, the last I heard you do not get a "FULL REGULAR" commission, you receive the same as ROTC/OTS, which is "FULL RESERVES". People confuse this with being a reservist. You do not work as a reservist or on a reservist base. You are AD, with a reserve commission and at the 7 yr marker they can get a "regular" commssion. The reason they removed the "regular" for the AFA was b/c now if a RIF comes they can hit anybody. In 92/93 when they did the last RIF all ADA grads were protected and they took 95% from AD Reserve commission officers.
You will feel/see no difference in pay, benefits or operational duty as an AD reservist. I believe JAM said the Army has gone back to "Full" commissions for WP.
Thanks, Pima. So from what I understand is that it doesn't matter from what source you get your active duty commission, you still get a reserve commission.
It looks like theyve changed it. Now, everyone on AD is a "regular" officer. Thats regardless of academy, ROTC, OTS, etc. But Im sure they got rid of the law saving regular o's from RIF. I found this after a quick search:
As part of the 2005 Military Authorization Act, Congress has mandated that all commissioned officers on active duty be given a "regular" commission. Officers commissioned in the Reserves will continue to receive a "reserve" commission. The services are now in the process of implementing this new law. http://usmilitary.about.com/od/promotions/l/blofficerprom.htm
Oh yes, I was reading about this the other day and forgot about it.
The services are beginning to implement it, but will it be in time when we receive our commissions?
I know for the Navy all active duty officers now hold regular commissions. I was "augmented" over from my reserve commission a handful of years ago. Not sure about the other services though.
For Army ROTC Cadets many things go into whether you get Active, Reserve, or Guard. Most guys want active but some end up going reserve, most guard guys go guard. Your evaluation at LDAC, PMS letter, and accessions points(Airborne, Air Assault) all go into it. Plus you GPA. this is very important. You can also do a process of ADSO'ing(oweing the army more years of commitment) which will guarentee you a few things such as first duty station and branch. you cannot ADOS for Active duty.
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