Posted on Aug 7, 2020
Mark Saluta
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I just had my physical done at MEPS. I was there for the physical only, so did not swear in or sign a contract.

I have decided to change from Army Active Duty to Army Reserves, due to some complications in my family.

I'm planning on informing my recruiter today, but want to understand what this means.

Does it go to a different recruiter for reserves, or can he assist also?

He has helped me a lot, and I don't want to be that guy.

Would I then just inform the MEPS career counselor when I go to pick my MOS and sign the contract that I'm opting for Reserves instead?

Does he then look up vacancies based on my state?
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You will likely have to go back to a recruiter that specializes in the reserve component and do the whole process over again. You can't just be given an MOS at MEPS. The specific reserve units in your area have specific MOS slots assigned to them based on their mission. The reserve recruiter tracks these as part of his manpower management function. He will know what your options are based on your qualifications and miltary needs.
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SSG Clint Underhill thanks for the correction. I was positive that you guys had separate missions. Good to know
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SFC Kenneth Hunnell
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How will staying home improve your family complications. If you go Army Reserve and your unit gets called up, you still get to go. Are you sure you want in the military?
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As a recruiter I can tell with certainty that your recruiter can do active or reserve contracts just let him know but if you had your mind set on a specific mos know that there is the possibility of it not being in the area but other units nearby may have it you may just have to travel a bit.
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