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Are you interested in joining the Navy Reserve? If so, you probably have some questions about getting started, your responsibilities, and what to expect. Before you make any decision related to the military you should find answers to your questions.

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Below are six of the most popular questions regarding the Navy Reserve.

Do I qualify for Navy Reserve Service?

Just like any branch of the military, there are requirements you must meet to qualify for this type of service. They include: health, education, age, and citizenship. Beyond this, there are other qualifications based on your background.

The exact requirements are based on your current military position: never served, served in the past, or currently serving. Which of these groups do you fit into?

How often do I serve?

As a Traditional Reservist you are required to commit one weekend per month along with two weeks a year. As you can see, this is far from a full-time commitment. Navy Reserve service is quite flexible. This makes it simple to find a schedule that allows you to meet your obligations.

While not required, there are opportunities to serve more and earn more.

How Long do I serve in the Navy Reserve?

Those with no prior military experience usually agree to a term of two to eight years. If you have past military experience the amount of time that you spend in the Navy Reserve will greatly vary depending on your past. Since every situation is different, it is best to speak with your recruiter about the length of your commitment.

Will I be Deployed in the Future?

As a member of the Navy Reserve there is always a chance that you will be deployed. There is no guarantee, though. This all depends on the current demands and needs of the military. If you are currently in the Navy or served in the past, you can receive initial deployment deferment for up to two years upon joining the Reserve.

Can I serve my Time as Close to Home as Possible?

The short answer is yes – and this is one of the biggest benefits of joining the Navy Reserve. Generally speaking, your “one weekend per month” will take place at the Navy Reserve unit in your area. The only exception is if you are part of a specialized unit that can only train at a particular location.

Is it Possible to Speak with a Navy Reserve Recruiter?

Not only is it possible but it is a necessity. Remember, you can setup a meeting with no obligation. It is best to meet with a recruiter, ask questions, and come to your own conclusion on whether or not enlisting is a good idea. You are not obligated to sign a contract when meeting with a recruiter.

These five questions are quite common among those interested in joining the Navy Reserve. If you have any other questions you should speak with the Navy Reserve recruiter in your area. In no time at all you will have all the facts and be in position to make an informed decision.

9 Responses to "Navy Reserve FAQs"

  1. nick briganti   November 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

    In the reserves with the recruit training what is the smallest contract I can have is it 2 years also when your in the reserves for 2 years do you only see them once a month and 2 weeks in the summer?

  2. Porscha Beard   May 28, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Can I join the navy reserves if my prior service was army?

  3. david rodriguez   January 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I am 39 years of age and interested in joining the reserves. Please contact me with details asap.

  4. larryf   January 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    David, I would first talk to a recruiter. Just google search your branch of interest and city. Good luck.

  5. Carlton   February 17, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    How long would I have to serve in the reserve for my children to get the g.i. bill

  6. Naj   July 28, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Is there a such thing as non obligatory in the reserves?

  7. Jeremy   August 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    How long are navy reserve deployments? And I assume they aren’t always on ships? But ii may wrong.

  8. larryf   February 1, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Hey Jeremy, the only true answer about your deployments in the future will come from your reserve recruiter. With that, I would pick up the phone and call your Navy recruiter. In fact, our site will give you numbers to the other branch reserve recruiters if you want to compare. Good luck. Have your questions prepared over the phone before walking into the meet and greet. Best, Larry

  9. larryf   February 1, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Hey Naj, as a one-time reservist from decades ago, I did not receeve such a status, thus be called a “reserve for what?” But I am NOT a recruiter and times have changed and keep changing, so pick up the phone and call your Navy recruiter or call any of your local military recruiters and compare. Get your questions ready and if you find one of them who can offer what YOU need, then walk in and shake their hand. Be careful and be PREPARED! If you find the right match, enjoy your ride! I did! Larry Fowler

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