MIL Thinking of switching from the Reserves to the Gaurd

Discussion in 'On Topic' started by Mongoose87, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. Mongoose87

    Mongoose87 New Member

    Jul 13, 2006
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    I'm a CS MP right now, and I want to be combat arms... Thinking about becoming a cav scout or just going 11B. I'm an E-5 right now. Should I just wait till my enlistment is up in a year? What problems will I have as far as my bonus and GI bill if I do switch?
  2. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

    Nov 23, 2004
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    the places in between
    I switched from Reserves to Guard as an E-5 in order to keep my Combat Engineer MOS. I hadn't yet been paid my enlistment bonus by the Reserves, and the Guard honored the bonus.

    I was told that if the Reserves had paid my bonus to me, they would have recouped a pro-rated portion from my Guard pay. If your enlistment is almost up, I wouldn't worry about it too much, as there won't be a lot of bonus $$ left to recoup.

    I don't know about the GI bill.

    My Guard recruiter was outstanding. He would research the fuck out of any questions I had, and whenever I wanted confirmation from "somebody that knew what they were talking about" he had no problem with putting me in touch with the person that knew. For example, I was feeling pretty sketchy about whether the Guard would honor the bonus I was promised by the Reserves. He put me in touch with the NCO that enters your info into the system to pay your bonus. A short conversation later I was sold, and everything he told me was straight up truth.

    PM me if you want his name/phone/email.

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