|Do You Want a Full-Time
or Part-Time Military Career?
In the regular service, personnel serve on a full-time
basis. After enlisting in the service, members are sent
to basic training. After graduation, they are sent to
specialty job training schools. Upon completion, they
are assigned to a station or unit for duty. After 20 years
of regular service, members qualify for a military retirement.
The reserves are part-time military soldiers. Personnel
serve an initial period on active duty after attending
basic training and job training. After the training
period, which usually lasts several months, reservists
are free to return to civilian life, but for the remainder
of the service obligation they attend training sessions
and perform work in the job specialty one or two days
a month with their local unit. Once a year, reservists
participate in an active-duty training session for 14
days. When reservists have completed 20 years of service
and have reached age 60, they are entitled to retirement,
based on reserve pay.