Posted on Oct 2, 2020
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LTC Jason Mackay
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Better for who? Better for what? Without any goals, options to compare etc this post will likely not get you closer to an informed decision.
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This couldn't be truer. All the other service soldiers I had under my reserve command wish they could have stayed in their prior branch. Two made the best of it and succeeded and one straight up was trying to get out of the USAR and go back to USNR (that was just not going to happen, and probably the most pointless memos I ever wrote to send up in support of his packet).

I also have a bias that if just walking into a recruiter's office and letting the "system" pick your reserve unit and MOS candidates are going to get slotted in the much higher OPTEMPO units that conflict with school, work and family (like 28 day training missions to the National Training Center three years in a row).

I also think the higher the bonus or better the financial terms of the contract the worse the MOS or position is probably going to be (consider that a red flag). High bonuses for HARD jobs like EOD or SF make sense because the failure rate is so high. High bonuses for Quartermaster should make one pause and ask WHY.
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Your profile as you as active duty as an E3 in the Navy. From your previous posts, you talk about joining. Are you active duty or not?
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Veteran. Debating on joining reserves. I should probably update my profile
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CPT Lawrence Cable
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Since my father retired Air Force, I was Army and Army National Guard and my son is Navy, from my experience, unless you are in a Navy rate that is very large or has a lot of turnover, the Army promotes quicker. For example, through E4 in the Army is almost automatic since it doesn't require a slot like it does in the Navy and no board. Even E5 is almost automatic these days as long as you have all the schools and qualifications. From my point of view, the NCO school system is more understandable in the Army. Still, like the Navy, when you get to E6 you are competing for positions, so if you are in a small MOS, promotion can be very slow at the top.
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Awesome thank you.
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