Can anyone provide a brief description of what life is like for a Navy Reserve Supply Officer? From the day an applicant is accepted into the officer reserve program through it all? I am a prospective applicant and very curious to know from the side of a current reserve supply officer. The requirement is one weekend a month at two weeks a year, correct? Do SuppO's get commissioned to active duty, and how often (percentage)? Will it greatly affect the applicants full time employer, civilian job beyond the 2-weeks per year, and how so?
Thanks, in advance for your help.
I should mention that I am moving ahead with the application but want to be prepared when my employer asked me questions. I have a masters degree, am in the financial wealth management sector with licenses, and a leading member of my church and in community organizations. Your help in my earlier questions are much welcomed.
Once you get picked up, you start drilling with a unit. (2 days, once a month. Usually on a weekend.)
They schedule you for your required courses. For your first 2 years of drilling, you will only be taking the required DCO classes during your annual training.
Does it impact your life outside of the 2 weeks and one weekend a month? Yes, it does. I found that the time committment was substantial. There's always something going on. You're always trying to get paperwork through to pay for travel, or doing things related to your unit.
They don't stop working you once the weekend ends. They just stop paying you.
Active-duty? Probably only if your unit deploys and now that things are winding down, deployments are getting rarer.
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