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Posted in these groups: D3fe61e5 Army Reserve Elements
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SGT Dave Tracy
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Edited 28 d ago
Pros: Pride in continued service; additional income; Tricare Reserve Select; opportunities for rank and leadership experience; opportunities for additional training; additional motivation to maintain your physical health; service member benefits; contact with people from diverse occupational backgrounds; train close to home ("close" being relative so it may also be a con); your fulltime military experience conveys value to your Reserve unit.

Cons: Can interfere with civilian life and career; most civilians and Active Duty SMs do not understand, and may look down on, what you do and if/how you sacrifice; "one weekend a month; two weeks a year"...that's a bit optimistic; military bearing may not be what you were used to on AD.
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PFC Jeffrey Herrington
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Edited 28 d ago
An obvious Pro would be being head and shoulders above the rest in knowing the breadth of training that you're supposed to have. An obvious con is if your civilian transition doesn't work out well it's not like you can walk into a recruiter's office and re-up to go full time again.

Personally I think all part timers need to be apart of the active duty component first.
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LTC Ken Connolly
LTC Ken Connolly
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Do not agree with assessment of being superior in training and military knowledge than a Reservist. Just like all branches of the service, each one brings unique capabilities to the mission.
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PFC Jeffrey Herrington
PFC Jeffrey Herrington
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LTC Ken Connolly Well, thank you Sir for the comment. But you're touching on me having a blanket opinion on what could be a hot button issue on Seiwell's thread.

Who is trained how is a complex issue. As a 4 year active duty PFC in her MOS and unit she should have more specific types of training and MOS experience than someone in the reserves in the same MOS in the same type of unit for 4 years. On top of that the reserves has their own issues that active duty people couldn't imagine. One soldier is not "better" than the other. They are just good at different things relevant to a grand theater of combat like what WWII, Korea, and Vietnam were.
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SSG S1 Personnel Ncoic
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Edited 27 d ago
A lot of the comments touch the bases, but without knowing your career goals, we can't give you the most applicable advice.

What your plan? Do you want to stay AG? Commission, warrant, CSM, AGR?

Maybe you want to go to nursing school, get your BSN and the go AMEDD and get all those sweet annual bonuses 66Hs get just for hanging out in the Army Reserve.

The Army has great benefits on both sides, but the RA component is going to require a lot more of your time than the Reserve and you're going to earn that Tricare Prime.
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