Posted on Feb 6, 2014
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I have found that to really advance yourself in the guard, you have to do extra credit. Personally, I don't mind this. I enjoy being a part of the HING CERF-P team and volunteering for duty beyond drill/annual training. As a cook, we secure rations for the weekend drill, the day prior. I also volunteer for this as my employer graciously lets me take the day off before drill. Like I said,&nbsp; my employer and I don't mind these things. There are some employers who will get mad about volunteering, but most of the stories I've heard, the employer backs off when orders are shown. However, for picking up rations the day prior, I don't receive orders, while I do get paid by the guard. A friend of mine also tried to participate in a ration pickup recently and was told that they would not be allowed to get off work by their employer as orders were not issued. I personally believe that they should issue orders to the soldier for that situation and the employer should have to let the soldier go, volunteer or not. Any other opinions or information about these types of situations out there?<br>
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I am often accused of being negative, so read with caution! I believe it is my job to be objective (who is John Galt?) My personal belief is that yes men (not to be confused with following orders) are the problem.

Yes, the NG needs people like yourself to go the extra mile. And you will be rewarded under the right command. However; I see an alarming trend that extends to all Reserve Component soldiers. Nearly all NG/RES Soldiers are required to do MANY extra hours with no pay, and do 2-3 months of required schools AND still attend AT. At first glance this will benefit the unit and the common cause of unit readiness.

I have personally seen the negative effect. On my deployment in OIF 2/3 we had Welders, Construction Contactors, Electricians, Engineers, and many other skilled civilian workers. What we lacked in "Soldier Skills" we made up for in technical and general know how.

With the current OPTEMPO in the NG; anyone with a decent civilian job CANNOT stay in the NG. Yes, there are laws; but if a worker needs 3 days a month and 3-4 months a year off they are of no use to a business.

As a result; we are losing these skilled workers and they are being replaced with good people, but with no civilian skills to add to the mix. I believe this takes away the real value of the NG.

If you can balance the two; you are destined for greatness! Good Luck!

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Sergent,

My recommendation is to go pick up a CAC reader for about $20. I don't know how near you are to an Exchange but you can get them there for about that price. Then go to militarycac.com for setup instructions and software.
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I did my SSD on personal computer I had a CAC but also updated my AKO password so I could use that in case my reader would not work.. I think it is all about how much you want it. You will find away to complete it. I sat in the public library for 2 days to finish mine.
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You should ask your readiness NCO about getting RMA/RMP's for these days. That is what they are for.
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I had to actually DOWNGRADE my IE and a couple of other related programs to what was current 3 or 4 years ago in order to get my SSD I knocked out.
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SPC Wedge,
This is a problem that the National Guard Soldiers and employers have is the "one weekend a month and two weekends a year " mentality. I only have 2 MUTA 4's in a year. The rest are MUTA 5's or 6's, so I miss work on fridays. In my own experience, it takes a lot of your own personal time during the week to prepare classes, go to NCOES or Army schools, correspondence courses, and maintain physical fitness. Sadly with the way orders work, picking up rations a day early for drill, will not happen. If your state can afford it or has the funding for a soldier on ADOS, if not the AGR staff should be doing all the prep for drill weekends.
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SGT Baty,
Personally I feel that I am a soldier first always, even though my report days may be limited or less than Active Duty. We do have AGR staff, but they are limited. Essentially I do MUTA 5/6s to pick up rations. It also gives me time to prep things like frozen meats to thaw over night.
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One issue with the reserves is that it's not always the best people who get
promoted, it's the people who can take time off from their real jobs (the job
that pays their bills and feeds their family).



I remember when I was in the Guard we had E7s who couldn't hold down jobs so they had tons of
time for NCOES
and E4s who had $100k jobs.

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Very well said. Thanks!
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