Posted on May 19, 2020
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Hi. I am working with a recruiter to enlist in the Army Reserve Civil Affairs as an E-4. I am wondering if anyone can give some insight into what drill weekend looks like for enlisted in a reserve CA unit?
I am also curious about the 13 week CA training for soldiers after basic. Does anyone have experience going through that training?
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Edited 6 mo ago
I've been doing this job for 18 years now. I think I can answer pretty much any question you have.
As for the first one, a drill weekend will vary depending on where that unit is in their deployment availability (ARFORGEN) cycle. You can expect that you will do language and cultural training, and if your unit is on the ball some training out in the community practicing gathering information and building a common operating picture. My unit does country studies on nations we are aligned to deploy into: I have a company from my battalion in eastern Europe right now.
The training is kind of secretive in content, but as someone who has trained it, I can tell you it will be challenging and a lot of fun. I really do enjoy this gig.

Seriously, any question you have, post it here or message me directly and I'll get you answers.
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1SG Dennis Hicks
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1SG (Join to see) - Ouch! :) I have seen many CA units that I wouldn't want to see outside the wire but we get what the machine fed us and what that system of "OFFICE TEMPS" did back in the beginning.
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1SG (Join to see) - I'm in the S-6 of HHC, 354th CA Brigade. I wholeheartedly concur with your comments above about the 450th being better than the HHC units for a young soldier.
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Thank you for your post 1SG. They are breaths of fresh air

I have a question about airborne reserve units in CA. If you were to be working at one, would you be sent to airborne school as a requirement or would it be like getting sent to airborne for any regular unit? (The unit of thinking of specifically is the 404th AB CA in Fort Dix, NJ)
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PVT (Join to see) - They would send you as a requirement, with the caveat that you have to pass the Airborne Physical. I would expect you to attend Basic Airborne within a year of assignment, assuming you are otherwise qualified.
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SGM Bill Frazer
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Just keep in mind most of the CA units are in the reserves had a friend who commanded a CA Bn had 5 deployments before changing command
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This is a helpful post - as I am in the same position. I ship out to Fort Jackson in July, and after AIT I’ll be in Houston at the Elington JRB.

Thank you for posting this!
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Please take the P out of your title. You don't want to be that guy who lets everyone know he is promotable to SPC......
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Didn't even know what that was to be honest. It's gone!
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