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are you or anyone you know in the reserves?!?

My husband is getting ready to join the army reserves, when he went to talk to the recruiter about different jobs the other day the recruiter told him that the reserves were shutting down and they were only doing active from now on? Does any one know if there is any truth to that or whats going on? I was wondering if he was just trying to get him to go active. Thanks again ladies for your help!!!!

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Asked by mdhart03 at 10:52 PM on Aug. 23, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • I thought all states had a reserves?

    Answer by MommyLee08 at 10:53 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • how can they shut down reserves? i don't believe that. he probably is trying to get him to go active. those recruiters lie so much.

    Answer by JayRo00 at 11:30 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • Here's the deal. It's not that they are "shutting down" the reserves. It's that, what with the state of the economy and everything, right now there are more people trying to enlist than there are spots for them in the military. So, if they're "full" so to speak, then they "shut down" that area of recruitment for awhile, and focus on the area where they still have billets open. This could be the case for you.

    I know they do that in general - telling people that they can't go to boot camp until this time or that time, or making them wait to be able to enlist because there really isn't a place for them at the moment.

    BUT -


    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 2:59 AM on Aug. 24, 2009

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    BUT - the way to tell if this is the case for you all or not is this - Go to another recruiting station a couple of towns over and tell that recruiter what you were told, and ask him if there's anything he can do to get you in the Reserves. Explain that the other recruiter is pushing you to go AD, and if that's the only choice you have, then you'll stick with your old recruiter (or no thanks, depending on your choice). But, if he can get you into the Reserves and the other guy was lying, then you want to have him be your Recruiter, because you're more comfortable working with someone who's honest with you.

    See what he says. If you get told the same thing, then it's probably true. If the other guy was lying, the 2nd recruiter will jump on having the Reservist Recruit for his own quotas.

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 3:02 AM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • By the way - there is a difference between National Guard - which all States have, and Reserves. There's a lot of similarities as far as Drill weekends, etc - but they aren't the same thing. All States have a National Guard, but the Reserves is a Federal / DoD thing, not a State thing.

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 3:04 AM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • My son is in the National Guard. Being in the Reserves or National Guard doesnt keep you at home, which most hope for. My son can go be called to go active at anytime. I dont think they are shutting anything down. Actually they are winding up more, but because of the huge enlistment as of late they have cut back the bonuses and raised the qualifications to get into the Guards, due to the supply & demand. Which has cut out a lot of people who normally would not be turned away. But, they are still over whelmed with enlistments.

    I agree, try another recruiter. Try several, as each one will tell you a different story.Its the recruiter who gets you the best deal, so you need to have a good repore with which ever one you talk with. Remember they make money off each enlistment. so, pay close attention to the contract. You can help put stipulations into the contract as well. Education is one of them.
    Good Luck!

    Answer by lacyjones at 8:26 AM on Aug. 24, 2009

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