If you’re trying to navigate life after active duty, you may be learning a bit more about the job opportunities available to you within the Guard or Reserve, and how they differ from the jobs available in active duty. Investigating the process can seem overwhelming, so we’ve done just a bit of research to help you as you begin.
How Guard And Reserve Differs from Active Duty:
The base for understanding how job selection differs comes in making sure that you understand the difference between the Guard and Reserve, and active duty. In a nutshell: Guard and Reserve employ military personnel part time, requiring troops to report for duty one weekend a month, and two full weeks a year. Active duty personnel, as you may already know, report to duty full time.
In general, Guard and Reserve personnel can train and work alongside of other active duty troops when they do report for duty. The main difference lies in the nature of the work, and whether it’s part time, full time, short term or long term.
Active Guard Reserve:
Though active duty soldiers report full time for their jobs, there is a branch of the Guard and Reserve that continues to report full time as well. The main difference in these Active Guard and Reserve jobs is that they are, more or less, non-combative jobs in the public (not necessarily confined to a military base or environment). These jobs include jobs in recruiting offices, public affairs, transportation, military police, military retention, logistics, finance, engineer, intelligence, civil affairs and aviation, to name a few. Essentially – the Active Guard Reserve is comprised of military personnel who remain committed to serving our country in a more consistent, stable environment and in a way that requires a little less flexibility. These are often jobs that civilians could do.
Active duty jobs include jobs that are available on deployment, whether on a training base or on location overseas. These job types and titles can overlap with that of the Guard or Reserve, but differ majorly in the nature. For example, a pilot in the Active Duty Reserve may work a standard 9-5 and live at home; a pilot in active duty may work whenever he’s called, and be stationed or deployed overseas.
It’s great to have an understanding in the differences between active duty and the Guard and Reserves, and understanding the differences in job opportunities for each is a great place to start!