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Old 04-17-2012, 09:33 AM
 
Location: VA
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My time with the Army is almost up (6 months away from ETS) and I am seriously considering joining of these two to fill my IRR time. I would go Army Reserve, but after tasting Army Active Duty life for the past 3 years, lets just say I need a change in scenery.

I'm not really familiar at all with the Reserve components and since I am currently deployed right now, I can't exactly talk to an AF recruiter yet. What is the difference between them? Is it Jobs? Drill time?
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Not sure about reenlistment, but most of the reserve components have stopped taking in new recruits. Both Reserve and Guard drill one weekend a month, and two weeks a year. MOS's are similar between the two, but depending on your area there might be more jobs in one field than in another.

The biggest difference is who you "belong" to. In the Reserves, you answer to the Commander in Chief, just like the regular service. You do your drill weekends, with the possibility of being shipped. In the National Guard, you serve the Governor of your State first, and the Commander in Chief second. In the Guard, you're more likely to be called to service for natural disasters, and you only really get sent overseas when both the Active and Reserve components of the military are already deployed.

//Was actually chatting with some Army National Guard recruiters earlier today, during break between class.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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What cab wrote is mostly true, but since Desert Shield/Storm things aren't quite the same. Some of our Army NG units are getting ready to deploy for the fourth time. For the Army it's usually for a year and for the Air usually six months. As for which is the best, NG or Res, I would check out both and decide by what they offer. After 40 years in the Army NG including 13 years active duty, I must admit my bias, but I will admit the Air usually has much better living conditions than the Army. Also, an unsolicited suggestion; If you can do it, go for retirement. Today I cry all the way to the bank and my medical expenses are only a few dollars per year. When I was your age it never entered my mind I would stick it out because many times I was ready to bail, but I'm so thankful I stuck with it because now it really is paying off.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Tioga County
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This probably doesn't apply to the USAF Resrves and the Air Guard..but I did both Active, plus Army Guard, and Reserve. I "generally" found Guard units had more $$, gear, training opportunities, etc.. Also, what ArkansasSlim said is VERY true. Today, both the Guard and Reserves deploy regularly. That old, "only after all the active are in the fight" went out the window in 90'-91' Desert Shield/storm.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:04 AM
 
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Not much difference at all...

Spud what are you going to do after your time is up? This is the most important detail when choosing your unit and stuff.
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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You want a change of scenery as in a more laxed environment? I did 8 years in the Marine Corps and just recently re-enlisted in the Air Guard. A big changes from the Marine Corps. I'm currently at Tech School Right now and it's really a different culture. The Air Force is being hit with cut backs; but the retirement/benefits and all is the same except The Guard get additional State benefits ie, in my state we pay $4.50 to register your car every year, and there are a lot of other in-state benefits as well. And actually you can google something to the effect of "Guard State Benefits" and there is a website out there that'll break down what benefits guardsmen rate at each state.

The Reserve and Guard are pretty much the same except for what was previously mentioned about the Chain of Command. Active Duty And reserves fall under USC Title 10 and National guards falls under USC Title 32, when activated they fall under USC Title 10.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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My time with the Army is almost up (6 months away from ETS) and I am seriously considering joining of these two to fill my IRR time. I would go Army Reserve, but after tasting Army Active Duty life for the past 3 years, lets just say I need a change in scenery.

I'm not really familiar at all with the Reserve components and since I am currently deployed right now, I can't exactly talk to an AF recruiter yet. What is the difference between them? Is it Jobs? Drill time?
My advice is to stick with the Army Reserve. You are already acquainted to it. The other poster is correct about the cuts being made to the Air Force but in essence, I feel you need to ask yourself why you chose the Army and go from there. The Army is a incredible life experience and you should take every advantage that it has to offer. Switching branches to me creates conflict but the choice is yours. Good luck.
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