Going from National Guard to active duty....???????????....

Amy - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Ok, so my husband lost his full time job at the end of December. He is in the National Guard as a Medic and really loves his unit. But, it comes down to needing money. I am just wondering what kind of changes I can expect going from guard to active duty? Also, what can I do to help support my husband in making this decision?

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Fawn - posted on 01/20/2010

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My husband is with the Florida National Guard and on his first tour. When he gets back he also is going to request to move to active. There is just no jobs anywhere and with kids you guys know its so hard to do. Esp with just one check a month. I did hear from his superiors though that when you switch you lose a rank.

Staci - posted on 01/17/2010

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My husband is in the same situation here in oklahoma.. My mom was military for 20 years so i'm pretty use to moving around... well the biggest change is going from the one weekend a month to having to be stationed at an army base.. its extremely hard to support a decision like that.. but he's trying to do what's best for the family... the best part of being a military spouse is that you know your husband is doing the best possible thing for our country and for his family.. as much as it kills you for him to be gone and do long hours of training... he really needs your support and for you to be strong with him and for him.

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Holly - posted on 06/23/2011

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I am interested in the change as well. He is concerned about losing rank and how as an older guy he will be accepted considering alot of the guys will be younger and higher in rank than him. I am all for it and would support the change completely.

Amy - posted on 01/17/2010

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Thank you for your advice and suggestions. I know that it will be greatly different just wasn't sure how I could make the transition easier on him. We are still talking it out and I don't know if it will happen, but we shall see. Keep you posted.

Anjanette - posted on 01/16/2010

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My husband is planning on doing the same thing once schools out. No jobs here in Michigan either :(

Diana - posted on 01/15/2010

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my husband is thinking about the same thing.. he is in the new jersey national guard and there is no work here either... he has been on unemployment since his tour to iraq....

Medic - posted on 01/15/2010

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my husband went from national guard to inlisted and when he got orders we just had to move.....its totally different from the guard.

Diamelia - posted on 01/15/2010

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Hmm well active duty now the military will be his full time job so you can expect that they might need him some long nights for training, or even a couple days, sometimes on the weekend. My husband has been an artillery medic as well as infantry. Being an active duty medic you can get bounced around to any unit that needs you which kind of sucks but they know how to deal. He trained a lot with both groups but it wasn't ever too bad. Depending on his rank which higher rank equals more stability you could get moved to different bases every 3 yrs. Just be possitive and remember it could always be worse. Don't get too worked up about his job because the more stressed and worried he is about you the more likely he is to mess up at work which could put himself as well as others at risk. Good luck and best wishes!!

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