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Last Post 21 Sep 2013 09:27 AM by Cooch. 2 Replies.
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21 Sep 2013 12:00 AM
    Hey guys,
       So I intially signed my active duty contract for 4 years. Right now I'm on the YN "A" school list and expect to get orders for June 2014. My contract ends February 2016 and I'm considering switching to reserves afterwards.

    My questions are:
    Will I still be a YN in the reserves if I switch over? Same pay grade and rank?
    How does drilling work? 2 days per month?
    How are the health and education benefits different than active duty?
    Can I use my GI bill right after I get out of active duty? Am I still eligible for TA?


    Thank you in advance!
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    21 Sep 2013 12:11 AM
    Basically there needs to be an open billet for a YN3/YN2, whichever you are, where you want to work

    I think 2 days per month and 2 weeks in the summer

    Health benefits are not the same, its not free health care. I think you sign up for Tricare but its for reserve, and you pay for it... like regular health care. Education benefits will depend on what the environment is then. Right now I think they gave TA back to reserves...

    You will be able to use your GI bill in full as long as you do 3 years of active duty. You just need to get your certificate of eligibility, from milconnect, and then get it to your school. You will also get E=5 BAH is you are going full time.
    Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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    21 Sep 2013 09:27 AM
    Keep in mind that if you go to school in June of 2014, you will have to extend to give the two year obligated service required to to to YN school.

    The drill thing works like this. You need to do 48 drills per year in order to have a "good year" that counts towards retirement. A drill is a four hour period, so a drill weekend would actually count as 4 drills (2 8 hour days). Many units are flexible about whether you do these on the weekends or during the week, but some units are more structured. As long as you get your required amount of drills done in your year, you are fine.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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