Posted By Junga on 02 Mar 2020 06:40 PM
Are there any current junior reserve officers on here that can provide their experience so far as a reserve officer? I would be trying to join through SRDC with no prior military experience since it is now open to non-priors. Some questions that come to mind are:
1. On average, how many hours a week do you spend doing reserve work when you are not drilling (please list your billet since this varies)
- This all depends on your billet. I am in the facilities inspections at a sector. I do spend a few hours a week doing work. Some months are busier than others. Other units might be more time consuming.
2. How often do you get activated and for how long? Have you gone OCONUS?
- There is no set schedule to know how often anyone would be activated. Most of the activations occur from natural disasters like hurricanes, etc. Port Security Units are the units that get activated the most and need to be ready in 72 hours or less.
3. Are you provided any formal training?
- Everyone is provided with both formal training and on the job training.
4. I'm in an area where there is a PSU and a Sector and a training facility so there is plenty around. If anyone has been to a PSU as a junior officer, what was your role and how did you like it?
- I have not been assigned to a PSU, but would like to in the future. I have been at a small boats station as an enlisted member and now at a sector as an officer.
5. I've heard that SRDC and other DCO officers will not be assigned to cutters and do not go over the same amount of maritime knowledge as their active duty counterparts. Can anyone confirm?
- Reserve officers are assigned to specific billets. I have not heard of anyone being assigned to a cutter as a reservist. It just does not work out. The scheduling of the cutter with yours just does not work out. There are a handful or billets that would allow you be assigned at a small boats station where you will get to see small boats and get underway. Also, PSUs have that ability as well if you are assigned to the shore side area. Then again, they are small boats and as a reserve officer you might not get underway every drill weekend.
6. Most common junior reserve officer billet?
- Its tough to say, honestly. Most JOs are assigned to a sector with the enforcement, planning, prevention, etc. Those are big departments which have their own paths.
Reserve billets are good for 3 years. On some occasions people request a 1 year extension. With that said, every 3 years you could possibly have a complete new job. For example, I have a buddy who was in the inspection department which deals with pollution, etc, and he is now assigned to enforcement which deals with law enforcement. Each officer's path is unique
ANY and ALL information would be helpful!