1. Helpful (1)

    "Pilot"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve full-time

    Pros

    Great team members. Great benefits in retirement.

    Cons

    Deployments. Constantly shifting budgets. Never ending bureaucratic paper work.

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  1. "Great Opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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.

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

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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