Every year, as Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets graduate and commission as second lieutenants all across the country, they take up their first billets in America’s Active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. These first years shape not only their decision to serve a full 20 year career, but the future quality of the Army.
For active duty 2nd Lieutenants, a robust number of current websites, installation resources, and full-time Army personnel stand ready to guide them through the onboarding process. For National Guard Lieutenants, installation resources are usually within a day’s drive.
For 2nd lieutenants commissioning into the US Army Reserve, especially those joining an out of state unit, the process of finding a unit and onboarding can seem daunting. How does a graduating Cadet apply for a Reserve position before they even have their civilian job lined up? How does the Reserve accessions process differ from the Active Duty process? Even learning about a Reserve career can be difficult, since most personnel staffing ROTC Programs are from the Active Duty and National Guard Components.
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