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From money for college, humanitarian missions and enlightening work experiences, the Navy Reserve offers unique opportunities that you will not find anywhere else. Hear about some of them from those living it.

FAQs – Serving as a Reservist

What do Navy Reservists do?

The men and women of the Navy Reserve serve as a highly trained force available to meet the expanding needs of the Active Duty Navy. Meeting the same qualifications as those on Active Duty, Reservists provide the vital skills necessary to maintain national security and support our nation’s interests worldwide. Every day, you’ll find Reservists serving side by side with their Active Duty counterparts on station, on shore, in the air, at sea and on the drill deck. The roles and responsibilities of Reservists factor heavily into the greatest Navy force the world has ever seen.

What is the basic Reserve service requirement (monthly/yearly)?

Traditional Reservist service requires a minimum commitment of one weekend a month plus two weeks a year. Flexible drilling options can be arranged to meet these obligations. And there are also opportunities for additional service and pay.

How long will I be obligated to serve?

If you’ve never served in the military before, the Navy Reserve service commitment typically ranges from 2 to 8 years. If you have current or prior military experience, the Navy Reserve service commitment can vary depending upon a variety of factors. Therefore, it’s best to refer to the Qualifications & Commitment tab featured on the page that best describes you as someone who is Serving Now or has Served Before.

Can I train close to home?

Yes. Your typical monthly drill training will almost always be with the Navy Reserve unit located closest to you, unless you serve in a specialized field that is limited to operating at certain sites. See a map of locations across the country.

Is there a chance of being deployed?

Reservists in any military service branch have the possibility of being deployed. There is no formula – it depends upon the determined needs and available resources of the military at any given time. But be aware that if you’re a current or former Navy servicemember (NAVET), you can receive guaranteed initial deployment deferment for periods of up to 2 years when you affiliate with the Navy Reserve.

Do civilian employers support Navy Reserve service?

Yes. In general, civilian employers highly value the leadership, discipline and technical skills Reservists acquire through their military service. Beyond that, Reservists have certain employment and reemployment rights that are guaranteed by law. The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) acts on Reservists’ behalf to foster solid working relationships between employers and the Reserve components of the military. Refer to the Employers page to learn more.

Can I join if I'm a single parent?

Yes. Your recruiter will provide you with more information based on the number of dependents you have as well as other considerations. In addition, the Reserve supports your efforts with family services on many bases.

What happens if I'm a Reservist and need to move to another part of the country?

You can. The Navy Reserve has training locations nationwide – see a map of locations now. Simply contact the Navy Reserve unit nearest to your new home within 30 days of when you wish to transfer.

What are some of the basic benefits Reserve service provides?

Reserve benefits include 4 days’ basic pay for only 2 drilling days each month, 2 weeks’ paid Annual Training each year, and regular promotion and raise opportunities (same as Active Duty). There’s potential to receive a sign-on or affiliation bonus and the possibility of specialty pay in critical need areas. Plus, you can look forward to perks like advanced career/management training and educational assistance, low-cost life insurance and points toward retirement, tax-free shopping at military stores, and low or no cost recreational opportunities.

All this – while discovering the pride, purpose and satisfaction that only comes from serving your country, while expanding your knowledge and expertise, while enjoying adventure and camaraderie few will ever know.

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