Posted on May 14, 2020
SGT Drew Daugherty
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I am thinking of re-enlisting in the reserves after almost a decade out of service. I am currently a civilian LEO so I'm thinking MPs. Not sure what to expect after almost 10 years out. Any advice or direction? Thanks in advance! (Unless it's crap advice, then you know lol)
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What made you choose the Reserves over the Guard? I have been in the Guard for 7 years as an MP, I don't know much about the Reserves side of things but the Guard has been great to me! Tons of benefits! Extra paycheck, tuition assistance, healthcare.. just a few of the benefits. I am not a civilian LEO but over half of the soldiers in my unit were, it seemed to work out well for them. I do know in some cases drill would interfere with their work schedules and they would end up losing money coming to drill since they made more on the civilian side, but the other benefits that came along with being in out weighed that one weekend of less pay. I imagine you'll have to go in as a SPC since the break in service, that might be the more difficult part for you. But as long as you do what you need to to get promoted you should not have a problem gaining SGT back fairly quickly!

I would weigh my options on Pay ( will you lose money going to drill/AT)
Will the Healthcare benefits be good for you? Or is your Civilian Healthcare more beneficial/Affordable.
College!!! Does anyone in your immediate family want to go to college?
Idk if the Reserves offer student loan repayment but the Guard does.
Also look at a BONUS when joining.

Also look into other MOS's that you might find interest in. Some of the soldiers in my unit who were civilian LEO kind of got burned out on it.

I would suggest looking into an MOS in a technical field like HVAC, Plumber, Masonry, Carpentry... things that the Army will pay for certifications.. since you are civilian LEO you have quite a bit of off time and could use those skills/certs to do side work and make even more money! I'm sure a lot of your co-workers have businesses that they run on their off days. Getting that training and Certs for "free" would be great!

Hope this answers the question you were asking!
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SGT Drew Daugherty
SGT Drew Daugherty
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Thank you, alot to think about
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SPC Charles Jocson
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AR should have the same benefits as Guard
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Lot's of PT... ;)'
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SGT Drew Daugherty
SGT Drew Daugherty
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That never hurt anyone lol
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SGT Drew Daugherty - I;m 69 and do it every day with a 5 mile run... ;)" Good luck with your enlistment...
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SGT Drew Daugherty
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Thanks a lot brother, appreciate it
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SGT Drew Daugherty - My pleasure and be safe my brother...
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I was a civilian LEO who did 20 years in the Army Guard. My last two years I was promoted to 1SG of an MP company and had to attend MOSQ in two phases. We had about a dozen civilian LEO's in my unit. Depending on rank some made more and some less to attend drill. Not a great deal of skills transfer from civilian side to Army side. Exceptions would be defensive tactics, prisoner handling, searches, and firearms skills but MP's can do such a variety of other things that are closely related but different. It really depends on the mission. Expect to do more infantry type training as an MP and very little police type training. I doubt you will have to go through basic again but only a recruiter can answer that. You will have to either attend AIT or some kind of MOS Qual school. You will learn a lot and enjoy it a great deal being prior service. Just be in shape! Good luck!
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