How to Join the Military Reserves


Men and women from across the country find the Reserves an exciting opportunity to earn extra income, learn new skills, travel and serve their country. If you're interested in becoming a Reservist, here's how.

Things You'll Need

  • GED Study Guides
  • SAT Preparation Books
  • SAT Study Guides
  • Academic Counselings
  • Personality Counseling
  • Internet Access
  • Career Counseling
  • Pens And Pencils
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Computers
  • Internet Explorer
  • Ambush! Navy Seals In Deadly Action Video
  • Coast Guard Ships Videos
  • Desert Storm: Original Air Footage Videos
  • Heritage Of Glory: US Marine Corps Video
  • Navy Seals: Men Behind The Legend Videos
  • Pioneers Of Aviation Videos
  • Special Forces Videos
  • The Wild Blue Yonder: The USAF Video
  • U.S. Army In Action Videos
  • Tae-Bo Workout video
  • Further your education. Every branch of the military wants the best-educated enlistees.

  • Be aware the Reserves are part of the military establishment dedicated to the mission of national defense.

  • Since the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard all have Reserve components, consider the Reserve programs of each.

  • Consult a friend, neighbor or family member who has Reserve experience.

  • Remember, you must serve on active duty for a specific period (at least to complete basic training) before being transferred to Reserve status.

  • Find out how much time serving in the Reserves requires you to be away from your family, friends and home.

  • Think about the military occupation specialties that interest you. Check out local Reserve units to see what slots are open.

  • Visit a recruiter for the service branch of your choice and explain that you are interested in the Reserve option.

  • Request literature, ask questions and take notes.

  • Establish a good working relationship with the recruiter and get solid answers to your questions.

  • Ask your school counselor or recruiter to schedule you for the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test.

  • Prepare to undergo a physical examination, take a drug screening test, and be subjected to a criminal background check.

  • Make no legal commitment until you're absolutely sure of your decision to join.

Tips & Warnings

  • No better resource than the Internet exists to delve into military history and to learn the opportunities for service.
  • Military leaders appreciate, and reward, enlistees who strive to do their best every day.
  • The Montgomery GI Bill can provide significant funds for higher education to Reservists.
  • The U.S. Armed Services can provide training in hundreds of skills, but if you intend to serve in the active Reserves, you must join a unit located where you can attend monthly meetings and respond to call-ups.
  • All branches of the U.S. military strive to be drug-free and use drug testing to help reach that goal.

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