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NEWS | May 20, 2024

How Kissimmee recruiter can help you "Be All You Can Be"

By Sgt. Daria Jackson 204th Public Affairs Detachment

Embarking on a military career involves deciding whether to join the Army Reserve or Active Duty. While both paths are dedicated to serving the nation, they present unique aspects in terms of commitment, location, benefits, and opportunities. Understanding these distinctions is critical to making an informed choice that aligns with your goals and circumstances.

The Army Reserve offers part-time service, allowing individuals to maintain local ties for drills and work, with contracts extending over six years.

Sgt 1st Class Michael Fuller, an Army recruiter, says, “I usually ask people what the reason for them is to join?”. Several factors warrant consideration for individuals deliberating joining the military, particularly the Army Reserve. Assessing personal goals, financial stability, and the desire to serve the country are important aspects. The Reserve offers discipline, a wealth of educational opportunities, and a sense of national service. This makes it an attractive option for those seeking a balance between military and civilian life.

People opt for the Army Reserve for various reasons. Some choose it to stay rooted in their current location, whether for personal preference or existing job commitments. Others view it as a supplementary opportunity, complementing their civilian careers or educational pursuits. Additionally, individuals may leverage the Reserve as a catalyst towards broader career goals, utilizing the military experience to enhance their resumes and acquire valuable skills.

“The benefits for joining the Army Reserve include bonuses, education benefits, and are often a stepping stone to something better,” Fuller states, “It accomplishes a lot and gives discipline. You get financial stability, free education, and the GI Bill, which are huge benefits. Plus, just serving your country.”. There's the potential for a signing bonus, which can reach $50,000. There's access to the GI Bill and tuition assistance, making higher education a feasible and affordable option. “Working for the government is always positive, and the resume looks good. Also, good job skills”, said Fuller. After completing the required service duration, you gain access to government positions and VA loans.

The Army Reserve offers a wide range of job opportunities. Positions include jobs ranging from combat engineers to IT professionals, medical personnel, and roles related to specific local needs.

Joining the Army Reserve depends on individual circumstances, preferences, and aspirations. A recruiter can explain the incentives, benefits, and commitment aligned with your goals and values. Contact your local recruiter by phone, email, website, or visit their office.