States Army Reserves
The United States Army has many options for a military career in a wide range of fields. Those who are interested in enlisting in the US Army have several choices as to how they serve their country through the three divisions of the Army. These divisions include:
• Active Army
• Army Reserves
• Army National Guard
Individuals who are interested in the US Army but who do not wish to enlist on a full time basis may find the Army Reserves to be the ideal choice. To learn more about joining the Army Reserves, fill out this form to get in touch with an Army recruiter.
What is the Army Reserves?
The Army Reserves has a vital connection to the active US Army forces. Together with the National Guard, the Army Reserves provide assistance and efficiency to their fellow military members both in the United States and abroad. Members of the Reserves are, in fact, the reserve forces to the active Army forces.
Started in 1908, the Army Reserves were initially instituted to provide medical officers to the Army troops. It was after World War I that Congress reorganized the military which lead to the present day Reserves. It is the duty of the reserve soldiers who serve part-time through rotations providing relief to full-time active members.
Benefits of the Army Reserves
While enlisted members of the Army Reserves only need to fulfill part time obligations to the Reserves, they are provided with the same training as the active recruits enlisted on a full time basis, starting with basic training. Typically those enlisted in the Army Reserves will serve one weekend each month in training or service, and a two-week period annually will be required for Annual Training. This allows Reservists to continue working in their civilian career fields or to complete their higher education courses while still serving in the military and earning an income.
Reservists are also privy to low-cost health care, dental insurance, and life insurance. They may be eligible for tuition reimbursement or student loan assistance if they are still working on their degree or already completed a degree. The Army Reserves members also have access to cost of living provisions and pay bonuses based on their field of training or length of time served.
Life In the Army Reserves
All individuals enlisting in the United States Army will initially commit to an 8-year contract of service. Within that contract, the terms can include a specific period of time for active service in the Army as a full time soldier and a specific period of time to be served as a Reservist.
It is also possible to enter the US Army Reserves directly. Those enlisting in the Reserves must complete active duty service for five months which includes basic training as well as Advanced Individual Training (AIT). During an enlisted Reservists’ enlistment period, soldiers can be mobilized into active duty at any time.
Members of the US Army Reserves provide critical support to the US military by providing basic fundamentals of life to those in need including shelter, food, water, and medical treatment to civilians during emergency situations such as natural disasters. Army Reservists also assist in providing defense and security for the United States.
For enlisted Reserve members, there are also career opportunities within this division of the US Army in many industries and fields. Currently soldiers can choose Army jobs from over 150 job fields and participate in the training and education necessary to advance in these careers. There are also career opportunities specific to defense available in the Army Reserves including in aerospace and security. Many Reservists are also employed in teaching and healthcare fields.
Qualifications for Army Reserves
The United States Army Reserves require that enlisted members be a US citizen or qualify as a permanent resident alien to the United States. Those wanting to enlist should be between 17 – 39 years of age, possess good physical health, a good moral standing, and depending on the specific career path chosen, there may be addition training or skill sets necessary to qualify.
Perspective Reservists do not need prior military experience to enlist. They can join the US Army Reserves directly through enlistment or they can join the Reserves as an Officer through the ROTC program or through the Officer’s Candidate School.
To discover the other benefits and opportunities available through the US Army Reserves, it is advisable to meet with an Army recruiter who can provide specific details concerning a life as an Army Reservist. A recruiter can answer your specific questions or concerns about joining the Reserves, making a career in the military, and the many opportunities available after enlistment.
Potential enlistees will need to take a multiple-choice test called the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). This test is provided to evaluate perspective enlistees in ten key areas which will help determine which job opportunities are most applicable to your skills set.
The United States Army Reserves offers a considerable amount of opportunities, training, and education. Speak with an Army Recruiter to learn which Army Reserve career paths are right for you. Fill out this form to get more information about joining the Army Reserves today!