Dig deep down in yourself and ask - WHAT DO I REALLY WANT? Everyone here will give you reasons to go active or Reserve. Follow your heart, search yourself. After saying that, you can always do an active tour, if it's not for you, then go Reserve, but what ever you do, don't waste your time.
As an officer, you should try to go active duty for at least five years. You will develop professionally much faster and have a better understanding of how the military as a whole operates. When I left the RA and went into the reserves, I'm sorry but the quality was not the same. Now, that may have just been my unit, but I found few officers who had spent their entire careers as a reservist competent enough that I wanted to be around them in combat. So much so that I wrote a death letter to my father asking that if something should happen to me that my death be investigated. For example, senior field grade officers pulling out flash cameras at night in open desert to have a photo session confirmed my suspicions I was with a bunch of amateurs. The best reserve officers, IMO had had at least 5 years active duty experience.
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