Considering the Reserves?


Photo provided by George Meyer. George Meyer with his Officer Canidate School (OCS) on December 6, 1992 at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

It’s never too early to think about what you want to pursue in the future. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, there are many career paths you can decide to follow. One option you can consider is the military reserves. The reserves are a great opportunity for anyone who qualifies.


Some of the qualifications include possessing a high school degree and having a passing grade of a 31 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. 


Currently, the Army is lacking 90,000 workers. They are in need of workers, which makes it a perfect opportunity to consider. 


“When I joined the Army I was very limited to what I wanted to pursue. Back then, they weren’t missing so many men so I didn’t have a say in what I wanted to do. They just placed me wherever and I had to live with it,” former lieutenant colonel, George Meyer, said. 


So many opportunities are available for people who are interested in enlisting. 


“Since we’re missing so many people in the Army, you will most likely get to choose what you want to do. The reserves offer so many opportunities for anyone considering joining,” Army recruiter, John Doe, disclosed. 


The Army reserves offer great bonuses for those who are enlisted. The Go Army website claims that you can get up to $50,000 in enlistment bonuses. 


“Some of the pros in being in the military are the benefits they offer. You get a lot of your college fees paid for, when you apply for a new home you don’t have to put any money down, and you get to travel a lot, sometimes for free,” former Army soldier, and current Air Academy High School math teacher, David Calvano, stated.


Being enlisted in the reserves can help you pursue your college education, which the Army will actually financially support. Above that, you also get provided with health care and allowances. The allowances help provide you money for housing, food, and clothing costs. 


“Joining the military was the best experience of my life. I’m retired now and still receive benefits. I get a Veterans Affairs (VA) check, they still provide me with health care, and my kids are able to attend college that the Army will pay for. I got to visit so many unique places and experience so many things most people will never experience,” Meyer expressed.


Joining the military can provide a lot of great life experiences. Even after serving for a minimum of 4 years, you can still receive a lifetime of benefits.