MIL Anyone in the Marine Corps Reserves?

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  1. Casino

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    I'm going to USMC OCS this summer. Originally I wanted to go active right after college, but now I'm thinking about going into the reserves so I have more of a choice of where I live, start my full time career earlier, and some other things. How does the Reserves compare to Active in terms of discipline, training, etc?
     
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    if you are looking for more choice in where you live, the reserves is not the way to go. You will be pretty much tied to a reserve base for the duration of your contract, there are some waivers if you want to move but the approval process is very difficult. Most guys just end up traveling back once a month.

    The training is the same, the deployment process is a little different. IMO If you are going to commit 6-12 months into becoming a 2nd LT you midas well do another 3 on active duty. It is VERY rare to send a LT in the reserves, in my 6 years in, I saw one, but only for one drill.
     
  3. Casino

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    Do I get to choose the unit I want to go to, or is that assigned to me once I say I want reserves? I don't mind traveling a bit once a month to get to drill. On a deployment, are the reserves treated the same as active Marines, as in do they receive the same type of missions, etc? If I go active, I'm going to have to serve 5 years at a minimum.
     
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    reserves and national gaurd = fucking retarded unless you've already been active


    my 2 cents
     
  5. thekinggovernor

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    at least for enlisted, you choose your reserve center and your job is dependent on what the mission of reserve center is.

    When I was signing up, and it has changed since, I had the chance for infantry in my town, truck driver/repair 60 miles away and tanks 160 miles away. I chose infantry, but there are guys who drive over 200 miles to drill.

    On deployment everyone is treated the same. What MOS are you looking for that would require a 5 year active contract?
     
  6. Casino

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    I want infantry. I'm going to OCS through the PLC program and I'm going to accept the tuition assistance, so it extends my contract from 4 to 5 years. I looked up reserve units in my area and there is an infantry unit pretty close to me.
     
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    Sounds like a plan then. Although I also think it's a little strange to go right into the reserves...just not really that much active duty time to learn about the military before you're only doing it once a month. :hs:
     
  8. EYOB

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    waste of time, go active or not at all
     
  9. mothafknCHARLIEnshit

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    thats what the general consensus is around my school
     
  10. Casino

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    I'll probably just go active. I don't plan on serving anymore than 5 years though so I'll just make it all active.
     
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    i thought you were in army rotc
     
  12. Raisedshoulder

    Raisedshoulder Some Blode.

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    Me too. Or maybe you're allowed to switch branches after graduating?
     
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    The reserves may not be as high speed as active duty, but it varies depending on who the commander is. It will definitely be harder for you to get the gun-ho, "shiny pin" training that the active component soldiers get easily and the discipline is definitely lacking at times. (ie uniform wear, military courtesy, etc.) However the trade off is that you can foster two careers at once and at some point, you can decide which path you want to choose. Active soldiers coming off AD have a tougher time transitioning IMO because the job we do in the military does not correlate at all to a lot of things in the civilian world. While employers love the leadership skills acquired through the military, its the professional experience that matters most in the end. Then again, I'm only speaking from my experience in the finance sector.
     
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    I was in Army ROTC, but my contract wasn't going to work out with them, so I dropped that and joined the Marines.
     
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    Very interesting, thank you. I probably will end up just active so I can have the full experience.
     
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    Raisedshoulder Some Blode.

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    Gotcha. Any specific reason? Was there no scholarships? Just wondering.
     
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    Mainly 2 reasons. At the time I dropped I was certain I wanted active duty. They said I would most likely get placed in the NG because the Guard is short on officers. Also the Army is out of scholarships.

    Kinda ironic now because I'm considering the reserves, but I like this program better.
     
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    what we tell people looking to OCC-R is that not only do they have to find a reserve unit around their home location, that unit has to have an opening. at TBS, where the active duty make their wish list and figure everything out on class ranking, reservist wish list is made up of what is available around their "home area". so you could have an infantry unit near you, but you could do something like supply because it's the only one with a slot open.
     
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    It completely depends. The Reserve unit I was with from 01 to 08 was shit hot for the vast majority of that time. (Shit got a little sour towards the end of that timeframe). The training as far as boot is concerned is the same. As is SOI/MOS school. It just depends. I was a reservist but I ended up spending nearly as much time on active duty during that 7 years as a typical 4 year AD guy. 2 deployments and all that jazz. My unit was shit hot. Had multiple Marines that I would not be surprised to seem them as SgtMaj of Marine Corps or Commandant. Maybe we just lucked out:dunno: Great experience, glad it's over.
     
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    lol you are just mad that I didn't have to spend years of my life in lejune or 29 stumps
     
  23. FromHeroToZero

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    ha, reservists are definitely not treated the same on deployments, they're usually looked at as liabilities...i'm not saying this is right but yea, reservists are, for the lack of a better word, nasty.
     
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    I was treated the exact opposite, my unit was the tip of the spear while the active duty unit we were with at the time was elsewhere. I guess it depends on the deployment
     
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    where, and when?
     

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