Chief, the MEME is hilarious. On a more serious note though, the Component 2 and 3 Soldiers have proved a great deal of people wrong. We all know the stigma the Regular Army has regarding "Weekend Warriors." I pissed some people off during a deployment to Jordan when I informed an incoming Regular Army Unit that they would likely experience more struggles than the current NG Unit they were replacing. "You mean to tell me that my guys, who have are Soldiers all day, every day are going to have trouble." I informed the Brigade Commander that his Infantry Battalion Soldiers were likely exceptional Soldiers, but they were one trick ponies. Didn't sit well, but it was the truth. The mission set that the NC NG was filling in on was "Infantry" but related to more law enforcement and border security efforts. Almost a third of the Soldiers there were cops which gave them a very unique perspective and skillset that a traditional RA Unit would never be able to fill. With the increase of Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF)/Expeditionary Deployments I would argue that Component 2 and 3 Units are almost better equipped to handle these dynamic mission sets. I am don't ranting now and would like to add that I have no useful answer to your questions regarding civilian anything. I have dream though...that one day I will be Joe Civilian and will be able to demonstrate my ability to underachieve and quit when things go wrong! Enjoy the 4th.
Got tossed from promotion consideration because the senior civilian told me he'd never promote me because I was a Reservist... twice. Interesting things happened to create a course correction on his part which meant promotion was delayed about 3 years. Also remember people get fired over it. USERRA only works if DoJ wants to go to bat for you. I had several in my last command who were fired while deployed. DoJ wouldn't help out because the level of "damages" wouldn't meet their minimum threshold which was $2-3M at the time. People would get a job sooner. Laws are only as good as the enforcement and that track record is pretty poor.
It has actually hurt me. My employer absolutely HATES when I go on orders, and usually holds it against me. He actually tried to convince me out of joining again. Something about crappy quality of life, paid almost nothing, etc etc. then he tried pulling the "your job here is so important" blah blah blah. It's actually to the point where I cannot wait to drop my OCS package, and if that fails, apply for RC to AC. However, I work in a retail sales environment, so every employee is only seen as a cash cow in my opinion.
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