Posted on Dec 3, 2014
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How many of you switched branches or even components of the same branch? For me I was in the Air Guard for almost 4 years. I had some buddies in the Army Guard and ROTC so they convinced me to shift over. Now I'm in the Army Reserves due to living overseas.

I'd like to hear everybody else's experience. Did you separate from service for years and came back into whoever would take you? Did one branch seem not "hooah" enough so you moved to another one. Did you decide to settle down back home and join the Guard/Reserves? What was your motivator to switch branches/component?
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I'm currently considering going AD to Air National Guard as a way to serve as I did not make rank in time. Though crossing over to another branch has crossed my mind, I don't know that one is really better than the other if your mind is right. I see plenty of other branches talk about how good some USAF members have it and then those members talk about how little they receive. It is all a perspective and though I love being Active Duty, I am sure I will find a way to love the ANG as well.
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SSgt (Join to see) That's a great outlook on life. I'm sure you'll go far.
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I was regular Army, met (and married) a former Guard soldier who switched to AD. Honestly, I knew nothing about the Guard.
I was discharged from AD in 2002. In 2004, he prodded me to join the TXNG (what the hell was THIS?) and I did.
Much the same, but quite a bit different. I like the freedom I have with the Guard, but do miss the stability of AD.
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SGT (Join to see) Absolutely. All the love and respect for the AD component, but it's a completely different animal when you are trying to juggle your civilian job, keeping your employer happy, market stability, unemployment, then showing up to drill with your game face on b/c there's a million things to do but you only have 2 days to knock it out.
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CPT (Join to see), and even more applicable if you have a commission, as you are very well aware.
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Yep, you typically give about 20-30 hours a month between drills to make sure everything is ready for next month. No pay for that and not complaining. It's what we signed up for.
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CPT (Join to see), true enough, Sir. We appreciate the commitment. OPORDS, training plans, and risk assessments. Nope. Pay differential is noted and respected.
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I was active-duty Air Force (six years) and Air Guard (three years). After completing my undergraduate degree, I wanted to pursue a commission. I applied/interviewed for four openings in the Guard. The last time, I finished second-place to a kid off the street (whose relative was a retired Colonel). I did not take it personally, but when a colleague who had commissioned in the Army Reserve suggested I give it a try, I opted in. No regrets!
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