How to Join the Military Reserves

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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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