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    Anyone here a member of the Navy Reserve? If so, I'm looking to join and I have a few questions. I am looking for some honest answers, not the ones I get from the recruiters.

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    I can only answer from the experience of an active duty sailor who only did one hitch.
    The training is alongside active duty sailors for at least Basic and your "A" school.You get paid the same and have the same bennies as active duty while in this period.If you have any high school ROTC,irregardless of branch,the extra pay only happens after basic training is over.Til then,you're just another E-1 Seaman Recruit.
    You learn to salute,march in formation and all the sundry things a sailor needs to know before going to the fleet.
    After that comes the"One weekend a month and a two week drill period in the summer"bit they talk about where you only get paid for the time you are actually drilling.
    Given how often Reserves are being called up now,that most likely has changed.I've been wrong before.
    When you're in the drill status,you have to conform to the Navy standard,even if the day before,you were calling your OIC "Geordie" instead of "LCDR La Forge".
    It's kind of like being a volunteer firefighter.You might meet once or twice a month but when you are called out,you have to perform like you do this every day,even if the last time you did was during your last training session.
    The best advice I can give you is to make those drill meetings.I knew a guy who didn't and got ordered to active duty in 1986.He got out last year as a BMCS(SW) Craftmaster and last I heard is working on ocean going tugs.
    Once he'd made up his penance,he apparently liked it and stayed in.
    I hope this answers some questions and that others can fill you in better.Good luck with it.

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    Thanks.

    I'm currently in the Air National Guard, so I'll be going into it with 6 years of reserve experience already.

    What I'm trying to figure out is how to worm my way into a rate that I like. I'm looking to try and do something so when I do my active duty time, I'll be actually on a ship doing something or I was considering trying to do something as part of an aircrew.

    I'm looking for something in the Philadelphia/New York City area. Traveling a little bit isn't too big of a deal for me to get to the drills.

    The recruiter today told me that I could go for an aviation rate and then once I made that my permanent rate, I could take a test for the air crew. They have C-9's and C-130's here.

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    Watch out for recruiters, They LIE!! They have to get so many folks in each month that they will tell you anything to get your name on the dotted line!!

    Stay in the NG!!

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    So you knew what I was talking about already.You'll probably spend a couple weeks relearning how to march,salute,to call a floor a deck,a ceiling an overhead and a mop will now be a swab.
    There used to be a booklet about the Navy jobs and what they translate to in the outside world.
    Navy Retention Specialist was added in the 80s and it was a joke throughout the fleet that those folks would be used car salesmen once they got out.
    Listen to what you are told and if the story changes,be sure to ask why.
    I enjoyed my time in but wanted to get out when it was my time to.I hope you have a good time while in and that it works out better for you.Good luck.

    [QUOTE=FORTff;783273]Thanks.
    I'm currently in the Air National Guard, so I'll be going into it with 6 years of reserve experience already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnee View Post
    Watch out for recruiters, They LIE!! They have to get so many folks in each month that they will tell you anything to get your name on the dotted line!!

    Stay in the NG!!
    Whatever pal. My recruites (Marine Corps) were straight up and honest to me 15 years ago.

    I recently tried joinging the Coast Guard and found the recruiters to be just as upstanding and honest.

    You have to do your own research on the matter. Just because you had a bad experience doesn't mean they are all like that.
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    Dont let someone else iron your shirts at bootcamp...they'll kick ya out for that (But they let the guy that threatened to kill someone with a shotgun at live fire qualification stay).

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