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Unread 09-28-2011, 12:54 PM   #1
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College Freshman Considering Army Reserves

I'm considering enlisting in the Army Reserves. I'm 18 and currently a Freshman at Virginia Tech. I'm in great shape and I've always liked pushing myself. I want to be a high school shop teacher and coach when I get out of college. I would hate to get older and regret not serving my country.

What are the chances to get deployed in Army Reserves? How many times a month would I have to go to base being a full-time student? I would want to do my training this summer but I'm not sure if I'd have time. Class gets out in early May and they pick back up around mid August. I would just like to hear some opinions about being a full time student and Army Reserves.

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Unread 09-28-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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I'm considering enlisting in the Army Reserves. I'm 18 and currently a Freshman at Virginia Tech. I'm in great shape and I've always liked pushing myself. I want to be a high school shop teacher and coach when I get out of college. I would hate to get older and regret not serving my country.

What are the chances to get deployed in Army Reserves? How many times a month would I have to go to base being a full-time student? I would want to do my training this summer but I'm not sure if I'd have time. Class gets out in early May and they pick back up around mid August. I would just like to hear some opinions about being a full time student and Army Reserves.

Thanks,

Luke
Can't say 100% whether you will or you won't but you have accept that the chances are pretty good you will.

After basic and advance individual training (AIT) your "regular" schedule will be one week end a month and two weeks a year. But you should think of that as a minimum.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 01:05 PM   #3
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What are the chances to get deployed in Army Reserves?
Totally depends on the unit you're with, your MOS and 'where' you're at.

How many times a month would I have to go to base being a full-time student? NORMAL drill is 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year. You can volunteer to go on orders throughout the month. This month I'm participating in a security gig mid state, as well as playing parking attendant

I would want to do my training this summer but I'm not sure if I'd have time. Class gets out in early May and they pick back up around mid August. I would just like to hear some opinions about being a full time student and Army Reserves.

Thanks,

Luke
Just a heads up.
Basic sucks (not the things you do they're fun, its mostly the people) they're mostly immature out of HS got in trouble and it was this or jail.

AIT will be fun regardless of your MOS, lots of freedom and you'll have a ton of $$ from basic and your bonus (if you still get one that is ).

After all your training is over you'll be sent to your home town with a date to go to your unit. I HIGHLY suggest contacting the Unit that you'll be attached to once you find out, its good to come back and know the people you'll be working with! Most units are pretty decent in the reserves, just keep in mind they're average people and most aren't in it for a lifetime, they're here for college money.
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Just a heads up.
Basic sucks (not the things you do they're fun, its mostly the people) they're mostly immature out of HS got in trouble and it was this or jail.

AIT will be fun regardless of your MOS, lots of freedom and you'll have a ton of $$ from basic and your bonus (if you still get one that is ).

After all your training is over you'll be sent to your home town with a date to go to your unit. I HIGHLY suggest contacting the Unit that you'll be attached to once you find out, its good to come back and know the people you'll be working with! Most units are pretty decent in the reserves, just keep in mind they're average people and most aren't in it for a lifetime, they're here for college money.
Hasn't been like that for decades.

If it is something you are truly you are considering check into the National Guard. See what they have to offer.
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Hasn't been like that for decades.

If it is something you are truly you are considering check into the National Guard. See what they have to offer.
What benefits does National Guard have over Army Reserve? One of the things I was looking at with the army reserve is them helping pay for college. I read on the website that I could get up to $4500 a year for tuition as a full time student, while getting paid ~$350 a month
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All branchs have the college perks. And reguardless of which branch you enter...deployment is pretty much a guarentee since we are involved in 3 wars atm. I expect another soon with Iran getting ballzy lately.
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Reserves and National Guard have pretty equivalent perks it is more the job types that differ. If you want to be a combat arms type (infantry, armor) then you need to go National Guard. If you want a support or medical job you go Reserves. Check with the units around you to see what jobs are out there and when they last deployed. National Guard has the chance of getting called for state duty in an emergency; Reserves do not. I was a Reservist during college and got mobilized for a year during Desert Storm. Inconvenient but I did earn some good $$.
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What benefits does National Guard have over Army Reserve? One of the things I was looking at with the army reserve is them helping pay for college. I read on the website that I could get up to $4500 a year for tuition as a full time student, while getting paid ~$350 a month
All branches will have similar perks. They will have different jobs available. Some states put more money into their Guard than other states. I would suggest checking out all the branches.

I was active for 11 years and National Guard for 1 year in MO. Missouri's Guard had facilities as nice or nicer the Active Army.
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Do ROTC at your school and go in as an officer.
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Do ROTC at your school and go in as an officer.
This would definitely be something you should consider.
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