Posted on Jul 10, 2019
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Currently getting ready to ets from active duty and still want to service with a goal of becoming a warrant officer. I'm debating between the guard or the reserves...any info or opinions would be appreciated.
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I have been in both the Guard and Reserve. While I don’t have experience with the Warrant Officer program, I can touch on the difference between the Guard and Reserve.

In the Army, the Reserves have no combat units, only support. Only the Guard has Combat unit’s. But if you keep your same MOS, it shouldn’t be an issue.

The Guard tends to be busier and gets activated more than the Reserves. That’s because they serve two masters. They can be activated under Title 32 by the governor to serve stateside missions, national disasters, riots, etc. However, they can also be activated under Title 10 to serve Federal missions (such as OEF/OIF). The Reserves can only be used for Title 10 missions (there are a few exceptions).

The Guard tends to have a more laid back mentality than the Reserves. While the Reserves is going to be more like active duty.

Promotions above E-5 in the Guard tend to be fewer because many folks sit the the same position for years.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Guard. I only left because of a promotion opportunity and I was tired of the constant deployments.
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I made the switch to Reserves in October. I joined the Army to become an Aviator, but through deployment, duties and becoming an NCO, a lot of your focus is on your soldiers and it's easy to lose focus on yourself. It is a huge adjustment, but it allows you to prioritize what is important to you. Whether that be school, civilian employment, etc. I just received my orders to WOCS and I couldn't be happier. I know with the Reserves it will be easier to transfer states, should you want to move somewhere, but my advice is go talk to multiple recruiters as well, I went through four until I found the right fit. If you would like to connect, I'd be happy to keep you posted on my journey!!
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WO1 Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer
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WO1 (Join to see), off topic but interestingly enough I was just thinking (yesterday) how I usually see people include a (P) behind their rank to show they’re promotable; and wondered if I would ever see a WOC place ‘WOC’ behind their rank to show they’ve been selected.

From my understanding (and truly curious), WOC’s in the NG and R wear the actual WOC rank prior to going to the course, correct? Is there a ceremony that follows being notified of selection?
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That's correct. I've been a WOC now almost seven months, and the main reason I changed it on my profile is to try and mentor any others going through the process.
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WO1 Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer
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WO1 (Join to see), nice and congrats! I’ve been one for nine months now (two months left) and the wait has been dreadful. Good luck on your journey.
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Thank would be awesome!!! Would love to pick your brain on some things
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Which branch?
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Army
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aviation, signal, mi, arty?
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