Air Force Reserve Employee Reviews about "active duty"

Updated 13 Nov 2020

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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
  • "Some people dont see the sacrifice the military makes(in 28 reviews)

  • "Expected to be trained and certified like full-time active duty counterparts, but in less than half the time to accomplish everything(in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Grain of Salt"

    5.0
    KEY NOT FOUND: reviews.reserve-current - Helicopter Crew Chief in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve

    Pros

    Went from Army active duty to Air Force Reserves. Still have benefits and earning retirement. Opportunity to network with others in your local unit. Full-time opportunities available.

    Cons

    Military work and expectations isn't for everybody. Career progression is entirely up to your own mental determination.

  2. "Slow as molasses"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Air Transportation Craftsman 

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time

    Pros

    Cheap Health Insurance and general military benefits

    Cons

    All the hassles of active duty life but none of the fun


  3. Helpful (1)

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

    2.0
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    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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  4. "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.

  5. "Military/Civilian Life Balance"

    4.0
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    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "USAFR review"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Aerial Transportation Journeymen in Keesler AFB, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time

    Pros

    Part time Military, it is 2 days a month and 2 weeks a year commitment. Receive all the benefits of being a service member, with minor exceptions. Health and Dental insurance (for an individual) is very good and very affordable. It is easy to cross-train if you are unsatisfied with your job. Any active duty time counts towards retirement, and towards getting your pension earlier.

    Cons

    For my position; I work outside in the elements. It is physically demanding at times. The vision insurance isn't the best, but comes as part of the Health Benefits.

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  7. "Weekend Warrior"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Paralegal 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Serving while still maintaining a full-time job, healthcare premiums great

    Cons

    Not many while in the reserves, sometimes hard to have a work life balance, leadership in the IMA reserves are active duty bases and they tend to forget that you are assigned to them and don’t write you decorations or stay on top of your EPR, regardless of your continued reminders and doing the work for them

  8. "ART"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Art 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stable job. Good benefits. Travel opportunities are there if you want it.

    Cons

    Hard to advance unless someone retires or moves. Treated like active duty but paid way waaaaaaay less.

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  9. "linguist"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They can be very flexible and understanding. There are many opportunities that you wouldn't encounter on active duty.

    Cons

    The commercials say 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year but the reality is that you'll be fielding many requests to complete different tasks outside of your time commitment. If the full time support staff is undermanned, it can get very stressful for everyone.

  10. "Fleet Management & Analysis"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in March Arb, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You work a weekend a month and an additional 2 weeks in the year (can either be consecutive or "sprinkled" throughout the year) for the amount you are paid it's worth it, paid food & lodging (if you live more than 50 mi to the base), per diem during your 2 weeks., Tuition assistance, TSP (retirement), deployment opportunities (make more money), advancement is easier than Active duty.

    Cons

    Some of the scheduled work days can get moved

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