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Reserve after Commision Question.
Last Post 04 Aug 2009 05:09 PM by BCK_85. 4 Replies.
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04 Aug 2009 02:16 PM
    So my wife has a question. It really doesn't seem like an issue for me (since I think we will love CG life once we are in) but she wants to know.

    If say, I complete the 3 year commission and, God forbid, we decide its not for us. The remaining 5 years as Ready Reserve. How does that work? Is is different from normal reserve? While in reserve would we need to live near a station? and such things...

    I hope that once we are in, she will fall head over heals for the CG life. But, I think it is only fair for her to know up front the commitment that is being made. Thanks for your help!
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    04 Aug 2009 02:22 PM
    CG life is fun but it can be hard! I'm sure she'll be good if she makes friends easily and doesn't mind the uprooting every once in a while. But I can understand why she wants to know the options. As far as the reserve time after active duty, no, you don't have to live near a base. You don't have to do weekend training or the 2 week summer thing... This is just in case something happens and the CG needs to bring back people that are already trained in their field and not have to start with boots all over again. You are basically free and will hardly even notice that you are on the reserve list. :-)


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    04 Aug 2009 04:25 PM
    oh, ok cool :) Thanks OldGuard!
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    04 Aug 2009 04:30 PM
    You have to talk it up and make even the bad days seem like this is the greatest thing since sliced bread! I hated it the first few months... oh I made Jim's life a living hell. I know this now... then it seemed like he was torturing me. Then I made friends, the snow melted, the sun started shining, activities became more forefront... all of a sudden it wasn't so bad.

    Be prepared to not be liked too much when you move her out of her comfort zone. Remember you are going to work everyday, with guys you already have something in common with and you have things to talk about and you are learning things... she is trying to figure out if the pots work better over the stove or under the spice rack. It's tough, it's lonely, it's pretty damn much terrifying at first... but it really does get better & easier!!!! When you want to kill her because she is moody & pouting... just give her an even tighter hug... it works! :)


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    04 Aug 2009 05:09 PM
    Thanks! I really appreciate the advice. I come from an adventure minded family, she has lived in the same town her whole life. Just recently she told me she's pretty tired of the small town drama and wants to get out and see the world. So I hope that with a heap of patience and coaxing her into a more adventure mindset on my part and with her open minded that things should pan out eventually. If we still don't have any kids, she says she will probably find part time work (she is the administrative type, lucky me!). I'll remember the hug tip when the time comes :D
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