Posted on Jul 15, 2015
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Im about to start ACAP and just found that there are Reserve Drill Sergeants and that just made my day. I personally dont care for my MOS, I love to be a leader and teach others that has been my passion all my career. I would like to know from someone who has done this or knows facts of the process in which i can prepare for.
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SSG Platoon Sergeant
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The day to day is the same as that of a active drill at least I know in Ft. Jackson. It's all long hours and hard work. Late nights and early mornings.
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How do they consider it reservist if they doing the same. Maybe im not asking the right question. After a reservist goes through school and return to where ever it is they do drill what is their days like if theres no soldiers there on a daily basis
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MAJ Michele Bretz
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I retired as the BN S2/3, 1/518th BCT in Asheville, NC. DS, did a lot of what we did on active duty ie weapons qualification, APFT, common tasks, EEO classes, preparing for the next event, drug testing, preparing for active duty schools.
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LTC Richard Wasserman
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I never had a job in the Army where as I ran as much as when I was working as a Drill.
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SFC Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer/Integrator
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When you are on mission, your day to day is the same as the Active guys. When not on mission, you are a civilian working a civilian job. Unless you get lucky like I was and manage to stay on mission, you wont neccessarily need the civilian job. You will typically drill once a month in preparation for the next mission.
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SFC Chad Sowash
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Not to disagree with some of the answers you've received, although I was a Reserve Drill Sergeant for 10+ years and I can say the difference is huge. When you're not deployed, you are in your civilian job and also need to stay very sharp on your day-to-day DS duties, which isn't always that easy even with drill once a month ans a two-week AT here and there. In my experience at Benning when you are on AT they generally send you to an Echo or Foxtrot company and then you could stay or be farmed out to other companies within that battalion or even outside the battalion. You are expected to know exactly where to pick-up even when there are pretty big differences from company to company or battalion. So you NEED to be more nimble and much sharper than your average Drill.

I was also deployed twice to Benning full-time for 2 1/2 years (in total) and mixed in with active component. We were lucky and received the order two months prior so that we could ramp up training and be ready for Joe when we hit the ground. At that point, you can find a groove unlike just getting thrown into the AT "where the HELL am I getting farmed out to" and "what week are we in?" mix.

In doing both full-time and civilian/DS/AT jobs I would say it's much easier being in the active position because you can focus on the job of being a Drill. It also sets you up for big success when you finally get back to the civilian world and only have to perform 2-3 week ATs. That stuff is total cake after you've walked the walk for years not just weeks at a time.
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That is true it will be harder. If I want to go more than those 2-3 days a month is that allowed?
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SFC Chad Sowash
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Do you mean 2-3 weeks on Annual Training? Or 2-3 days a month during weekend drill?
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SFC Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer/Integrator
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I managed to combine missions with schools to the point I was able to give up my civilian job. Stay in contact with your Unit Administrator to make yourself available for whatever comes down the pipe. You may find yourself doing something different from time to time.
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SSG Izzy Abbass
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I don't know but I would say the DI on the left isn't wearing his cover in a good way. Brown Round needs to be down closer to the eyebrows.... Again, E-6 humor at it's finest.
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thats straight from the site
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SSG Izzy Abbass
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That's sad. She looks a lot more intimidating that he does. Probably because her cover is lower. LOL
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SFC Chief Of Training
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That DS in the photo is a Drill Sergeant Leader at the school and 2013's USAR DSOY, or Drill Sergeant of the Year. Pretty squared away
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