Actives Reserves

U.S. Active Duty or Reserves?


Active Duty
or Reserves

The United States Military consists of 5 separate branches with each of those branches split between active duty personnel and reserves. In addition to these the Army and the Air Force also boast National Guard units as well.

Servicemen and women
who are active duty
are considered full
time personnel. These
individuals are afforded
a huge variety of missions
and are the ones who
are expected to answer
to emergency needs all
over the globe.

Army Reserve units are comprised of part time personnel. These individuals generally keep their civilian jobs while maintaining their military skills. National Guard units are very much like this as well, but serve their states as well as their nation. Several units in the National Guard predate the creation of the United States.

There are some obvious differences between U.S. Active Duty and Reserves personnel. While Guardsmen usually get paid for the two days per month they serve over a weekend, active duty personnel sometimes resent this. On the other hand, Guardsmen do not have access to base facilities or services that active duty personnel enjoy, and often drive several hours uncompensated for their training exercises.

In situations where
both Guardsmen and active
duty personnel train
together, these issues
are often balanced out
once both sides realize
the benefits that the
other can offer. Active
Duty personnel often
find that vastly divergent
backgrounds of the Guardsmen
offer a world of experience
in a given field, or
just simple familiarity
with their home region.
Guardsmen find that
the full time active
duty individuals are
able to offer help with
equipment or mission
strategies that benefit
the Guardsmen because
of the significant amount
of time the active duty
personnel spend on these
tasks as full timers.

Very often former active duty personnel find that after separation from the service, they might miss the discipline of military life, or find that they want to continue training for a particular skill, and joining the reserves is the perfect way to balance continuing education and training while still fully participating in their civilian lives.

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