I understand that there is a year probation period after finishing the academy. What happens if my National Guard unit gets deployed during that year or I have to go do some training for awhile, do I get fired or put on hold till I get back? Thanks in advance. -Jimmy
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05-06-2009, 05:19 AM #1
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05-19-2009, 03:22 PM #2
No one's jumped in yet, so I'll tell you what I think. For a while I was in the naval reserves while on the job. I never got called up, so please take this for what it is.
I believe the fire department has to guarantee your job upon return. You should be at the same level as you were upon activation. That means, if you left when on probation, you will be required to complete probation when you return.
I don't think they can fire you - just to replace you. But beware, being a probie at the bottom of the fishbowl means you are susceptible to layoffs.
Don't take what I said as fact. Check with your Guard unit, and with the fire department, to be sure.
Good Luck on your career.
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05-19-2009, 11:18 PM #3
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The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA, 38 U.S.C. § 4301 – 4335) is a federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other “uniformed services:” (1) are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service; (2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty; and (3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service. The federal government is to be a “model employer” under USERRA (38 U.S.C. § 4301).
I've been recalled twice over the last 8 years and I can think of at least 20 guys off the top of my head that have also been recalled just within my department. It has never been an issue. Federal Law is on your side.
05-20-2009, 10:35 AM #4
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- Oct 2003
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It's a good thing
We recently had a guy get called up for the Marines. He was a few weeks out of the academy and well short of his one year of probation. It will never be a problem. He will have a job here no matter how long he is gone. He will hold his rank; he has none, and all of his seniority. He got call to fly fighter jets. I have always said this is the best job in the world and I wouldn’t do anything else. But, I may take a break to go do that.
We had another guy that was in the Coast Guard reserve. He got called up five times in thirty years, starting in probation. Not only did he still have his job, but he had a list of other perks. The one that stands out most was you can’t be charged interest on your home mortgage or credit cards while you are deployed.
Thank you for what you do, the reservists are the backbone of our armed services. I hope you don’t get called up, but if you do, serve with pride. I think you will be surprised of the attitude you get from the people on you department if you do, especially from those who have served.
Good Luck, Capt Rob
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