Posted on Oct 22, 2015
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What are the best parts about switching from AD to the Reserve component?
If you have done it, what would you have liked to have done better?
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SFC Kenneth Hunnell
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Be prepared for a culture shock
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SGT Dave Tracy
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Agreed...and very much so.

Going from Active to the Reserves was to me like jumping to a whole different branch of the armed services; only they wore the same uniform!
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Don't have to shave every day!

The only true challenging part is finding the right civilian job the rest fell into line after that part was worked out, it took several attempts to find a right fit for me. The reserve is a different animal ingenuity is valued over experience and most weekends are just boring. Expect to make small changes over time not a dramatic revolution when you transition and you'll do great.
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Sir, I've always been Reserve. Done a few mobilizations, had some fun, then gone back to TPU land. The one complaint from guys that come off of active duty that I hear frequently is that there is nothing to do. Most of what we do is just mandatory training unless you're being deployed. The Reserve is a good way to keep serving, make some extra cash, get the benefits, but it is generally just two days a month, two weeks in the summer.
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SGT Pinney,

The biggest thing to remember is to be in touch with your soldiers in between battle training assemblies. Balancing two careers is difficult. Add in family, potential schools, traveling for schools - it's easy to get frustrated. I've had some guys tell me their employer won't give them time off for training or just not show up and think it's ok.

Two way communication is the key and if there's an issue with a soldier counseling statements are your friend.
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