Originally Posted by BadBenz94
I have always wanted to fly a helicopter and have always wanted to serve this country as well. I figured I could do both by enlisiting in the reserves. Since I have a family and career I would not want to do it full time as our son is established with his school friends etc. and due to my ever building of clientel. But I do realize the possibility of being sent overseas for a period but I accept that.
A pilot in the USAR will NEVER be a predictable 2 weeks/yr, weekend/month relationship. You'd be a warrant officer, most likely. And you'd have at least 2 yrs of active duty before entering active reserve status.
Guess where your 2 yrs will be served, Tahiti? Uh, no.
You'll be in a war zone. During that time your cohort in business will continue to work and advance. If you currently are self-employed your clients will have found others since they need somebody and you are gone. Kiss your business goodbye.
If you work for somebody else then your employer is required to offer you your old job back, if it still exists. Chances are that the position will have disappeared and a new job description created that encompasses your previous job. proving that your employer did that to avoid the re-hire involves a lawyer and time.
Look, I served in the military 4 yrs straight enlistment and about a year in reserves. As a teenaged enlistee I had no family to support and was looking for somebody else to pay for my adventures overseas and also because I have a deep sense of duty to my country. I believed that the best way for me to fulfill that duty was through military service. If I could do it all over again, I would.
But I wouldn't sign-up if I had a family. To me, my first obligation will always be my wife and children. Doing right by them and raising productive responsible children is probably the best long-term contribution to America that you can make. Do it right and be repaid ten-thousand fold.