Posted on Jul 8, 2016
CWO2 Aviation Maintenance Officer
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A 37 year old Friend wants to step up to the plate. What are his options?
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SrA Aerospace Maintenance
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Easily Air National Guard. Tons of money, lots of opportunity. the difference between guard and reserve is who runs it. Reserve is strictly federal while the guard is funded by both the state and federal government. A lot of time the reserve runs out of money very quickly and you will not be able to do much more than the minimum requirement of one weekend a month, two weekends a year. Guard generally doesn't have this problem. They get a lot more training in.
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TSgt Enlisted Accessions Recruiter
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Correct. Depends on location and willingness to drive if a base is not local. I am an ANG recruiter. Let me know if you have any specific questions you need answered or your friend can cask me. [login to see]
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SGT Gregory Reilly
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I'll agree with A1C Jaffee, except in an Army perspective. I served in both Army National Guard and Army Reserves and without a doubt The Army National Guard for the same reasons. Better money, better training better everything. Full time Army seemed to respect the Guard more also. As a reservest we were treated like the Army's leftovers. In the guard you were a separate organization.
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Col Dona  Marie Iversen
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Not an easy answer each branch and MOS/AFSC will have their own opinion.
What is are your goals?
Both have $, problems and politics like AD. Both have the same mobility & PT requirements.
No longer just a "Weekend Warrior"
I miss it every day, would go back in a heartbeat!
Good Luck!

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SrA Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance
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Very very very very very true and I miss the guard they are better people
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PO1 Leading Petty Officer (Lpo)
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Depends on what his skills are and what he wants to do. I know the Navy reserves has programs which would allow hi. To come in at a higher due to background experience. For example, electricians, machinists, plumbers, etc., could possibly come in as an E-5, or E-6 depending on their years of experience and level he achieved in the civilian world. Best bet would be to talk to a reserve recruiter, as they would have more information for him then an active duty recruiter would.
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CWO2 Aviation Maintenance Officer
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He is a CEO of a online art auction. Wants to enlist into a combat arms MOS
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PO1 Ae2
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I came into the Navy Reserves at the age of 36 with a bachelor's degree and experience and the highest they offered NATSELRES is E-3.....and that was because I had a degree.
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It really depends on his background. If he has extensive experience in an in-demand career field, and advanced degree in a needed field, etc., a Reserve/Guard recruiter might be able to work with him.
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CWO2 Aviation Maintenance Officer
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Thank you
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