If you’ve served in active duty and you’re transitioning out, you may be interested in learning a little more about the opportunities that are available within the National Guard or Reserve units. Each state offers many of the same opportunities, and all can be explored online. We’ve done some research to provide you with general information to get you started.
Guard and Reserves
The National Guard and the Reserve serve our military on a part-time basis. This means that personnel reports for duty a minimum of one weekend a month, two weeks per year. Every state requires that these troops to report for duty at their local (or closest) fort or station, and offers the opportunity to train alongside active duty members during this time. Specific duties, titles and roles can be outlined per state online.
Every branch of the military participates in the Reserves. Units can be found with specific roles within each state for Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. On the contrary, the only branches in the Guard are the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
The Guard reports to state command, while the Reserves report for Federal command. For that reason and for the most part, the Reserves offer a more consistent realm of opportunities and benefits over all states, while the Guard units tend to be more specific to each state.
Active Guard Reserves
When transitioning out of active duty, where you’ve been deployed and have maintained a regimented schedule, you may want to keep a more permanent foot in the door of your duties by opting to join the Active Guard Reserves. Active Guard Reserves are comprised of full time military employees who maintain more flexible, stable and consistent civilian-like jobs, for the military. Rather than being deployed on a rigid active duty schedule and coming home to civilian life as usual and reporting for duty only on occasion, you transition to a military job at home, where your schedule is flexible and stable and allows you to keep a life at home as well.
The bottom line is that opportunities and units within the Guard and Reserve are numerous. A quick search online and a visit to a government official web site will show countless opportunities for the Reserves, and will show the same for the Guard (with emphasis on selection by state).