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    Pros/Cons of army reserve/national guard?

    Pretty much been doing nothing with my life so far so I decided I should make a change.

    Been reading up on the pros and cons and it seems to come from people who have no experience at all so I figured id ask you brahs.

    I was thinking either a medic or something involving tech.

    I'd love to hear some of your experiences so I can get an idea of what it would be like.
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    PROS:

    -good training
    -benefits (school, medical, dental, etc.)
    -networking
    -still get to enjoy the perks of being a civilian

    CONS

    -you are property of the US (you go where they tell you, when they tell you)
    -1 weekend a month. Inhibits you ability to really "Soldier" and get things done.
    -disdain from AC counterparts
    -can really conflict with you civilian job at times, cause animosity
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    Originally Posted by allenalexisalexander View Post
    PROS:

    -good training
    -benefits (school, medical, dental, etc.)
    -networking
    -still get to enjoy the perks of being a civilian

    CONS

    -you are property of the US (you go where they tell you, when they tell you)
    -1 weekend a month. Inhibits you ability to really "Soldier" and get things done.
    -disdain from AC counterparts
    -can really conflict with you civilian job at times, cause animosity
    Sorry but what does 1 weekend a month mean? and disdain from AC counterparts?

    I read that id be lucky to find a civilian job if im in the reserve.
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    One weekend of the month means you have to go to your unit for one weekend each month to drill/work. Usually its pretty boring. Like he said its hard to get work don if you only work once a month. AC is active component or the people whos every day job is the army. You always have the chance of being deployed. Medics are some of the most narly people in the army. I enjoy being in the reserves. Lets me finish school while serving and I can always atempt to go active after I graduate. (Army is downsizing it be harder these days). If you have any questions let me know. Like I said im Army Reserve.
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    Thanks for the responses!

    anyone else want to share some of their experiences?
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    I'm in the Guard.


    I signed up at the right time and received a $20,000 sign on bonus. Just received the 2nd half of it as I'm halfway through my contract now. It's allowed me to buy some nice material objects, but I HATE going to drill, I HATE going to Annual Training. You know the saying, money can't buy you happiness, well it's true.

    My MOS is 68-P, radiologic technologist. And I haven't shot an X-ray since I got out of AIT. We literally PMCS vehicles or do inventories every single drill. There is no way in hell I'm re-upping my contract when it comes time. Thanks for the money and paid tuition, Army.
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    Originally Posted by IsaacEK View Post
    I'm in the Guard.


    I signed up at the right time and received a $20,000 sign on bonus. Just received the 2nd half of it as I'm halfway through my contract now. It's allowed me to buy some nice material objects, but I HATE going to drill, I HATE going to Annual Training. You know the saying, money can't buy you happiness, well it's true.

    My MOS is 68-P, radiologic technologist. And I haven't shot an X-ray since I got out of AIT. We literally PMCS vehicles or do inventories every single drill. There is no way in hell I'm re-upping my contract when it comes time. Thanks for the money and paid tuition, Army.
    Would you say that you are happy you did it? The 20k signing bonus and paying for your education sounds great, does having to go to drill once a month really such a bad thing?

    How would you rate the overall experience, the good and the bad?

    Edit: I forgot to mention that I don't have HS diploma, only a GED. Not sure if that's accepted..
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    If you're looking for 'something to do with your life', it's not really what you think. You go to drill 1 weekend a month and sit around/do random work. At least use the tuition pay to your advantage. But remember, it takes a year before they start paying your tuition
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    Originally Posted by BeReal23 View Post
    If you're looking for 'something to do with your life', it's not really what you think. You go to drill 1 weekend a month and sit around/do random work. At least use the tuition pay to your advantage. But remember, it takes a year before they start paying your tuition
    Ah, I see. One of my best friends joined the army as a medic but hes not in the reserve and he says its amazing but the problem is that I rarely can contact him to ask him more about it. I would love to find out more about reserve vs. active
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    Been a medic in national guard last 7 years. Hit me up in PM with any questions if you like.
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    Originally Posted by Eskimo View Post
    Been a medic in national guard last 7 years. Hit me up in PM with any questions if you like.
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