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Shaggier1
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Army Reserves

Postby Shaggier1 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:49 pm

Does anyone here have experience with, or know someone who has experience, with a reserve branch?

I would like to sign on as a reserve officer but I am not sure how compatible that idea is with life at a firm (a very busy, sweatshop-y firm).

I am also wondering the quality of work that JAG officers do when in the reserves. I don't imagine you can go to trial when you are only working one weekend a month...

Anyone have any insights?

Thanks!

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Re: Army Reserves

Postby SemperLegal » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:57 pm

Shaggier1 wrote:Does anyone here have experience with, or know someone who has experience, with a reserve branch?

I would like to sign on as a reserve officer but I am not sure how compatible that idea is with life at a firm (a very busy, sweatshop-y firm).

I am also wondering the quality of work that JAG officers do when in the reserves. I don't imagine you can go to trial when you are only working one weekend a month...

Anyone have any insights?

Thanks!



I spent many years enlisted in the Reserves while working a fulltime job, and some of my friends are still Reserve JAGS. Now with the sequester and the wars winding down (allegedly) things may have changed but:

The first thing to know is that the one weekend a month bit is kind of obsolete. Instead, most Units mix and match there training drills so you might serve 3 weeks straight of drills and then not have any duties for a few months. Additionally, with the launch of individual manpower augmentees (IMA). its most likely that you will volunteer/voluntold to be transferred to another unit for either 90, 190, or 400 days to either fill in for an active duty shortfall or to fill a newly created billet (e.g. Counsel to the Liaison office at DoS for AFRICOM).

As for how it fits in with firm life, I am not sure. However, legally you have the same, or greater protections, as a suspect class if you are fired for your military status or commitments. For example, there is a DoL branch that exists solely to investigate whenever a reservist files a complaint that he was fired or passed over due to an activation.

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Re: Army Reserves

Postby Shaggier1 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:30 pm

Thanks, Semper. That's helpful info. - appreciate it.




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