MIL I've only been to two Guard drills, but so far ...

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  1. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Army Guard > Army Reserves x 11ty

    My first Guard drill, I met a General and found out some details on how/why/when the Guard will be organized in the New England states.

    I spent half the day in the VCOT (virtual convoy ops trainer) and the rest of the day in the Call for Fire simulator (Guard Fist II). The day ended with a flu shot and a reminder that tomorrow will start with the APFT.

    Some good shit. The training I've received during these two Guard drills has been of much higher quality and was much better organized than anything I got in an entire year with the Reserves (aside from AIT, etc).

    Guard rocks. :bigthumb:
     
  2. Ryan Christian

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    I completely agree. The VCOT is pretty fun, i like to drive around the city and stuff and not stay on the route.
     
  3. Pump Scout

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    Have to agree with you. I remember when I was looking to transfer out of my Reserve unit to a Guard unit that was much closer to home (120 miles vs 28 miles)... Reserve unit lost my paperwork twice, gave me vast amounts of shit about doing the transfer, then told me they wouldn't send through anything until I'd done an AT with them. Part of that year's AT was calling arty. Captain Sphincteropolous (can't remember his name, Greek name though) was talking behind me while I was calling my shots. He said "yeah, he won't get this kind of training in the National Guard, but if he wants to go, we'll give him a ham sandwich and a roadmap and send him on his way". Ass. 6 months later, his unit was shut down, and I did plenty of fun things the Reserves couldn't touch. I tend to think Reserve units try too hard to be "like Active Army", and wind up strangling themselves with red tape, paperwork, and bullshit.

    Plus, there's the added benefit of the closeness of a Guard unit. You don't get that in the Reserves. Oh, and I'm not sure how your state arranges things, but here in Wisconsin, every armory has a bar. Hooray, National Guard!
     
  4. Ryan Christian

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    Wish I had a bar at my armory. That would be excellent. But then again there's a bar about five minutes from it.
     
  5. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    The commander mentioned that the NCOs would be meeting in the NCO Club after the formation was dismissed. I was thinking "wtf NCO club?!" Those fuckers had a full bar tucked away in a corner of the armory behind the supply area. No way you would know it was there unless someone showed you the secret door. :mamoru:

    Guard > Reserves. No doubt about it. :wiggle:
     
  6. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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  7. scottiemac

    scottiemac It's time to shoot some hot dogs!

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    makin me want to go guard instead of active :noes:
     
  9. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    I would go active duty if I could. :hs:
     
  10. MumblingJoe169

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    my reserve unit was terrible. No funding, no school, nothing.

    At my guard unit, you can at least try and beg for Ranger school. You can transfer to an SF Guard unit. Any officer can go to Ranger school. Tons of money for equipment. Only problem is i fear the training is still subpar. Plus hardly anyone can pass their APFT
     
  11. Maffy29

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    There is NO REASON AT ALL for anybody to join the Reserves.
     
  12. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    how bout, if youre retarded and just think its cool cause you get uniforms? :noes:
     
  14. the raging enigma

    the raging enigma If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidenc

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    :squint: I have been in the reserves for 9 years and unlike the other units out there that just sit around on drill weekend, my unit actually does things. We make it a point to keep people busy and learning. I have drilled with other units and I can honestly say that my unit is nothing like those other ones. As far as closeness goes, my unit is very tight. Its probably one of the few that are actually fun. The one downside that I heard about the Nat'l Guard is that is is very hard to get promoted.
     
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    hey Ranger, i forgot you were up in this neck of the woods. do you drill at Ethan Allen?
     
  16. Ranger-AO

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  17. Jeg1983

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    I am very glad I joined the reserves, the AG unit by us does nothing at all.
     
  18. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    It probably has a lot to do with the Commander of the unit. But there's also the added funding and support that Guard units get from the state that should make it easier for them to get better training and equipment.
     
  19. Skidmark Steve

    Skidmark Steve New Member

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    I did 8 years Active, 2 Reserves and now I'm a ANG monkey.

    Air Guard is by far THE SHIT.
    I'm loving this stuff.
     

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