Posted on Dec 20, 2013
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I am half way through the 90 days of terminal leave before my end of active service and beginning a new path into civilian life and the Select Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR).  There are many differences between active duty and reserves that I have learned through experiences and research.  For those who have made the switch, please share your experiences and advice. 
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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Don't get to frustrated when you see some FUBAR.
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SSG Paul Forel
SSG Paul Forel
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Major, I saw so much FUBAR when I was in the CA ARNG ('87 - '93) that I thought I was living an F Troop episode each IDT. The stuff I saw in the Guard would never fly in the RA.
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SFC Melvin Brandenburg
SFC Melvin Brandenburg
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I have a hard time sometimes because I expect soldiers to do their jobs and I believe in accountability. It can be frustrating if you let it. On the other hand, I've held the 1st position on the OML three straight years.
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SSG Paul Forel - I was AD but worked with a very large NG unit. One of the less than stellar practices is the NG often runs afoul with the 1/3 2/3 rule about planning and letting the soldiers prepare to execute. We had our meetings with the full time staff and the MDAY leaders Friday night before the weekend drill. Then the soldiers run through hoops on drill weekend.
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SFC Melvin Brandenburg
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Expect to have to stay on top of annual requirements and NCOERs because the units often drop the ball.
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2LT Bolc Student
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Check emails often, ask a lot of questions, being your records with you to your first drill, and be prepared to wait a while for TA50 and other issued items (if you have your own it helps tremendously), supply has to request stuff for you.
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