United States Army Reserve | http://www.usar.army.mil |
Continue to Serve |
Published in the March/April 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
With the promise of additional pay and other benefits, the U.S. Army Reserve reminds veterans that they can continue their patriotic service after they stop putting on a uniform full-time. The Army Reserve’s mission, found in Title 10 of the U.S. Code, is to provide trained, equipped, and ready soldiers and cohesive units to meet global needs. The Army Reserve is a key element in the Army’s multi-component force, training with active and National Guard units to ensure all three elements work as a fully integrated team. It trains soldiers in nearly 200 specific skills.
Master Sergeant Randolph Tikkala is with the 1st Recruiting Brigade in Fort Meade, Maryland. There, he helps prospect, process, and sustain future soldiers. “The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) is an opportunity for an individual to enlist part-time while staying within their community to continue a career or further their education,” said Tikkala. “The USAR offers job skills, college assistance, help with job placement, and is available to prior service applicants.”
The benefits, according to Tikkala, are many. “The Army Reserves offers many benefits to the soldier,” he said. “Money for continuing education, health care, cash allowances, retirement, and soldier and family services.”
Tikkala said service members who are leaving the military should consider enlisting because the USAR provides many of the same benefits that were offered while on active duty. In addition to starting a new career, reservists can still continue to work toward their 20-year retirement while in uniform on a part-time basis. The Army Reserve is offering some prior service members up to a $10,000 bonus for a six-year enlistment.
“Go see the local Army recruiter,” Tikkala said about joining the Reserve. “The process is very simple: the applicant will need to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test and take a physical at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). Upon qualification, then the applicant will pick a job that is available.”
Pay is determined by rank and years of military service. The higher an individual’s rank and years, the more money he or she will make. “The time ranges from a one-year enlistment to a six-year enlistment,” Tikkala said. “A prior service applicant can enlist from one through six years. A non-prior service applicant can enlist for a three-year or six-year enlistment.”
Tikkala pointed out that it’s not necessary to be former Army to join the Army Reserves. “We target all branches for enlistment and are accepting prior service from any branch, provided they qualify. Right now the greatest need is prior service members.”
The Army Reserve is also shaping new strategies that provide focused support to its families and soldiers. There is a renewed focus on families who do not live close to a military installation. The first Army Strong Community Center Virtual Installation in Rochester, New York, was such a success that it is being replicated around the country. These centers build community capacity by leveraging military services and community resources near where Army Reserve families and families of other service members live.