Posted on Mar 1, 2017
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I recently was promoted to first lieutenant, and I still struggle with time management between my civilian career, life, and my military commitment. How have you, as leaders, managed time and fulfilled both obligations while balancing civilian careers, families, and life in general?

I am currently serving in a duty position I have no formal training in and I find it difficult to get motivated.
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COL Vincent Stoneking
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If you are planning on making it a career, I would plan on a minimum of 7-10 hours a week.
If you are in a key leadership position, or hope to be a high performer, I would use a minimum of 15 hours as a planning factor.

I'm making no judgements about how it "should" be. Just how it is.
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Thank you so much sir!
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CPO Bill Penrod
CPO Bill Penrod
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Reserve COs and training chiefs often spend several hours per month at the reserve center receiving zero compensation. Expect to give more free time the higher up the ladder you climb. Most wish they were compensated monetary but still seem to enjoy it...............
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More like 20 hours a week at my level. I call the Reserves my "second full-time job".
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COL Vincent Stoneking
COL Vincent Stoneking
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BG (Join to see) - Sir, that was definitely my experience while in BN Command, I can only imagine at your level!
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SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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Seems like most of my off time is dedicated to my Reserves. Conference calls. NCOERs. Counsellings. eLAS taskers. SSD and other DL. Training Schedules........and the list goes on and on and on.......

But there are days where I have to say "I'm not touching my email or anything else for the Army" so I can spend time with the family.
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LTC John Shaw
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LTC Stoneking nailed it on experience and expectations, when in Command expect more time and every weekend.
It is the price of being in the leadership of the Reserve.
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