Re: Ques to reservists from a reg

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Posted by Magoo (Mr.) from Montreal QC Canada on April 26, 2021 at 20:10:51:

In Reply to: Ques to reservists from a reg posted by Curious George on April 26, 2021 at 17:17:52:

Unfortunately alot of the time I feel being a Reservist is a really tough go. You're not Army enough
for the Regulars and you're too Army for the civilians. When I got my current civilian job my bosses
were terrified I'd yell at everyone and want to run everything. Unfortunately for some people in the
Regular Army I don't think they're going to have that culture shock until they get out. It might be
very hard to deal with then.

Often your civilian qualifications aren't readily accepted. I knew a guy in my trade who needed to
hire someone to write a drill pam. I'm a Reservist in the same trade, and a have a diploma in
technical writing, so my BC said, "Hey, go over and talk with that guy." So I did, but he didn't
really seem interested. I just kind of laughed to myself. I work in high-tech now writing manuals
and technical information and illustrations for end-users and original equipment manufacturers.

As a Reservist I think it's sometimes easier to appreciate the Army for what it is, because it's not
my job, it's my hobby, my past-time, and my vocation.

The money? I was employed as a Reservist in a unit that is part of a Regular Bde, paraded regularly,
went on all unit exs and made less than $3000, before taxes last year, before mess dues, haircuts,
and uniform maintenance. For that they got a Tp Comd, with a university degree and college diploma
(paid for by myself), and 15 years in. I could make a lot more tending bar, teaching skiing...

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