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Old 08-07-2018, 03:21 PM
 
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So I've been in the Army a total of 10 yrs (6 active/4 reservist) so far. I have to admit I kind of miss the active life but my wife has been a school teacher for our local county with a total of +5 yrs now. We also have 2 small children as well. My Civilian job is State Correctional Officer I make slightly more than +5k a yr that not including my wife income (Living in the South). So should I stay on the reserves side or should I convince my wife to let me go back active and possibly PCS to a duty station?
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Old 08-07-2018, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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So you make around 5k a year ? I doubt it if that is correct ....right ? A correctional officer in ca makes bank & also gets 8 weeks paid vacation.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I did six active duty and almost 26 in the Guard. No way would I have wanted to go back on active duty. The primary reason for me leaving active duty was so I wouldn't have to raise a family while moving around every three years. I also worked Corrections and now I have two retirements and two retiree health plans to draw on. And I got to live in my home state and be around family and friends. Looking back, I have absolutely no regrets about how my careers worked out for me and my family. The grass definitely is greener on your side of the fence.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:41 PM
 
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Correction 5k a month
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Chasing horses and watching circuses in Atropia.
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Stay reserve component. You have a job, your wife has a job, and those that waffle back and forth randomly between components and services tend to remain terminally behind their peers.


Edit to add question: Would an active duty retirement be more advantageous to your civilian retirement? How would PCSing randomly affect your wife's retirement?
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:09 PM
 
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If I make Captain as a Correctional Officer I can retire at 50 with about 26k a year. My wife wants to be a principal that's about 30k a year of retirement. I just put in my Warrant officer packet in if I retire as a Chief Warrant there is no telling what retirement will look like. My wife is close friends with the FRG ladies of my current unit and we live just 10 minutes from the Active Duty post that my reserve unit resides. I just miss it my father is telling to stay reserves as well. He is retired active duty.
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Chasing horses and watching circuses in Atropia.
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FWIW, I'm at 26 years and still counting active duty. No way in hell would I ever go reserves, but at this point in your life, you're likely better staying as is.
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:52 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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So I've been in the Army a total of 10 yrs (6 active/4 reservist) so far. I have to admit I kind of miss the active life but my wife has been a school teacher for our local county

We also have 2 small children as well.

So should I stay on the reserves side or should I convince my wife to let me go back active and possibly PCS to a duty station?
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Correction 5k a month
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If I make Captain as a Correctional Officer I can retire at 50 with about 26k a year. My wife wants to be a principal that's about 30k a year of retirement. I just put in my Warrant officer packet in if I retire as a Chief Warrant there is no telling what retirement will look like. My wife is close friends with the FRG ladies of my current unit and we live just 10 minutes from the Active Duty post that my reserve unit resides. I just miss it my father is telling to stay reserves as well. He is retired active duty.
So you have 14 years to go for retirement.

School teachers seem to be able to find decent jobs almost anywhere, at least that's what some school teachers have told me over the years.

CWO's now go to W-5. A W-1 over 6yrs base pay is $3,858.

You could go to military retirement, and continue a second career.

Other than Correctional Officer retirement, what other benefits?

Hard decision...

I was drafted, stayed 26 years, no regrets. But I would have made some changes. Stay overseas if you had a good assignment. You are locked in and know how long you will be there. Both our children, have fond memories of living overseas (Germany). My wife was a volunteer teachers aid, she loved it. With a degree she says she could have had a paying teachers job. We did extend 6 months. Trying to stay in the US was a waste. Would have worked harder on getting degrees earlier.

Hope that helps...
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Go Active get that pension as soon as possible. Then you can follow that in any manner you wish.
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Go Active get that pension as soon as possible. Then you can follow that in any manner you wish.
Agree. In the long term, you and your wife will be better off.
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