Friday, April 20, 2018

A to Z Challenge - R is for Reserves

Almost everything here also applies to the Reserves of the other branches like the Navy.  There may be slight differences among the branches.

To enlist in the US Army Reserve, you must be between 18 and 35 years old and a US citizen or resident alien, with a high school diploma (preferred) or high school equivalent such as the GED. You must also pass the ASVAB test and a physical fitness exam.

All Army Reserve Soldiers must complete 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, the same boot camp attended by full-time Army Soldiers.  After Basic Combat Training, you complete Advanced Individual Training.  Then you return to your civilian life (job, college, etc) and complete two weeks of training each year plus one weekend per month.  You are paid the same as active duty, prorated for the number of days/hours actually training/working.

Army Reserve Soldiers serve the US in many ways, including the following:

Army Reserve Soldiers often fill the positions of active duty soldiers when they deploy overseas, serving as drill sergeants, instructors, and security personnel. For national disasters such as hurricanes or flooding, Army Reserve Soldiers support humanitarian and relief operations.

During times of both war and peace, the Army Reserve helps countries establish or restore governmental institutions and functions.

The Army Reserve medical personnel staffs most of the Army’s hospitals, clinics, and field units. The medical capabilities of Army Reserve Soldiers often exceed those of active duty personnel because of their additional civilian experience.

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What's next for S?
S is for Seabee.  What is a Seabee?  Why is it called Seabee?  What do they do?  Which branches of the military have them?  Come back tomorrow and find out!


  1. I was in the Army Reserve band for a number of years. Best thing I ever did (because The Hub was an instructor on my recruit course...)

  2. I like that they make it easy for active military to transfer to the Reserves when they leave the military. It gives them trained professionals and lets the former military do what they love.

  3. I didn't realize you could enlist directly into the Army Reserve. I thought it was an option once you got out of active duty. Weekends In Maine

  4. Like Karen above I didn't realize you could enlist directly in the reserves. Interesting :-)