Air Force Reserve Reviews

Updated 14 Sep 2020

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4.4
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Air Force Reserve President  Donald Trump
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46 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits, you just have to know where to look for them(in 37 reviews)

  • "Great medical benefits at a fraction of civilian cost(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Same requirements of Active Duty but compressed into only 2 days a month(in 23 reviews)

  • "Possible deployments and separation from loved ones(in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Great way to start a career, don't wait around to start looking for civilian employment."

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pilot 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Air Force Reserve part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good paycheck, good amount of hours and experience to start an aviation career, and a great resume builder.

    Cons

    From the pilot side of the house. Flying is NOT your actual job. The distractions will be many, support will be minimal, and more and more the Reserves see themselves as your primary employment instead of a part time job as it was originally intended. Get your time in, do some good in the world, then when you have your hours and your commitment is done get your apps out to the rest of the aviation industry. That's IF you have a passion for flying. If your passion is to just be IN the military but don't want to be forced to move every three years, flying is something you are ambivalent about then there are no real negatives. If you aren't bothered by spending a career arguing with agencies and individuals over non-mission related details every step of the way in trying to get anything done then you will enjoy the second half of a Reserve career past your commitment. For some it's a dream job. But don't expect the pilot shortage to go away, which also means if you are looking for a reserve career not involved in flying you would do well to find a reserve job at a base that is joint owned with active duty or whose primary purpose has nothing to do with flying airplanes. That way you don't have to worry about finding yourself needing to relocate or just without a job 10 years in to your career because such a base loses funding or gets shut down.

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  2. "Great Opportunity"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BMET (4A23X)/Cyberspace Officer (17DX) in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity to join AFROTC and get college paid for.

    Cons

    May have some extra time after commissioning, they often may not give you job right after graduation.


  3. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Chief Master Sergeant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Air Force Reserve full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    On the job training, educational benefits, and health benefits

    Cons

    it is the military so there's always a chance you will be deployed.

  4. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Officer 

    I worked at Air Force Reserve part-time

    Pros

    Good job, great place to be.

    Cons

    No cons for the air force.

  5. "It was good experience."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Bioenvironmental Engineering Technician 

    I worked at Air Force Reserve part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It’s part time pay. Great medical benefits at a fraction of civilian cost. GI Bill for active duty time. Military experience.

    Cons

    Not much to do as a BIO reservist. Never deployed or had special duties. Go active if you want the real deal.

  6. "Excellent place for growth"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pilot 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve full-time

    Pros

    work-life balance, career progression, compensation

    Cons

    oftentimes working at all hours of the day

  7. "Military/Civilian Life Balance"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Command Post Controller in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Military Experience and Training Pay Opportunities to travel and Deploy without full-time commitment.

    Cons

    Expected to be trained and certified like full-time active duty counterparts, but in less than half the time to accomplish everything.

  8. "EOD"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Explosive Ordnance Disposal 

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time

    Pros

    A job like no other that has 0 cons.

    Cons

    there is nothing bad about the job

  9. "Extra Money"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - First Sergeant in Burlington, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Air Force Reserve full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Free educational benefits, extra income, opportunity to do full time work, promotion

    Cons

    Possible deployments and separation from loved ones

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "It's a great field to be in and transfer well in the civilian world."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EMT in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefit (e.g Health care, service to the nation)

    Cons

    The pay for some career field is a bit low compare to that in the civilian.

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