Anyone in the Reserves?


July 15, 2003, 03:08 PM
Hi All, I'm trying to find out as much as I can, from real people, about the US military reserves? I'm 30 yrs old, and I'm seriously considering the Navy reserves. What is boot like? Is there an age restriction?

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July 15, 2003, 03:30 PM
Unless you have prior military service, you are too old.

I may be wrong.:uhoh:

July 15, 2003, 03:33 PM
i'm in the marine reserves and when i went to boot camp there were guys who were 33 (that's right thirty-three) and were going active duty. you have to get an age waiver though. talk to a recruiter. if they want you, they'll find a way to get you in.

July 15, 2003, 03:37 PM
age limit for the army 34.

July 15, 2003, 04:09 PM
I'm in the Navy reserves, in the Seabees. You are not too old.

I did boot in 88, and it wasn't too bad. If you have prior military then you wont have to do bootcamp.

Talk to a recruiter.

July 15, 2003, 04:45 PM
My wife is currently in Navy Reserve. She tells me the good news is that the "combat hazard pay" that was paid during "combat" has been re-instituted to all the people in her unit who are still deployed in Iraq. The bad news is it's because they are getting shot on a daily basis.

July 15, 2003, 08:21 PM
The cut-off for the Marine Corps is 35 so I would imagine it is the same for the Navy with that whole Department of the Navy thing. Marine boot camp was the same for everybody, reserve and active duty. Not sure if that is the case for the Navy or not.

You will still have to go to an MOS school when you get out of Boot camp. I took the shortest school that was available right after boot camp was scheduled to end, Administration (pencil pusher, desk jockey, whatever). Boot camp was 12 weeks long and MOS school another 12. I invested 26 weeks total active duty before I reported to my reserver unit.

Once you get to the reserves, you'll have 5 drill "periods" per month, usually starting at 4:00 PM or so on Friday through Sunday afternoon. Each 4 hr block is a period so you need 20 hours per month.

During the summer, you'll be obligated to two weeks straight at the minimum for drill. I opted for some optional duties like driving the caravan up to Wisconsin or wherever we were going for the two weeks. That usually added another week to my tour.

The pay sucks and you won;t get along with everyone but the experience is something else. I look back now and wish I'd gone active duty. Probably would have seen a lot more.

Good luck and go talk to a recruiter but leave with an open ended discussion. You don't want to be sigining anything just yet.


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