What are some differences between Active Duty and Reserves?

I want to join the Marines and I’m interested in the Reserves. I know it’s part-time but what else makes it different from Active Duty? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  • KaleyK
    Lv 7
    3 months ago
    Best Answer

    I have experience with both ... active duty 2013-2017 and currently a reservist ....I can tell they are a world apart, which one might expect. The Fleet Marine Force is a force in readiness, ready for combat and it's serious business. Haircuts, gear, vehicles, weapons, 100% ready to go and right now. It's a very professional, very macho, very sincere business.

    I was shocked showing up for my first weekend drill with the reserves. Dirty uniforms, dirty boots, poor haircuts, disheveled covers ... these guys wouldn't last 5 minutes in the Fleet. It's a part time thing for them and they have part time attitudes ... I get that now. My intention is to stay active in the reserves while finishing college. I don't think I can hack the part time attitude for any longer than that.

    Also ... please remember that you do not "join the Marines" .... you become a Marine. I come from a family of Marines, my father, grandfather and a half-brother are all career Marines. It's a life long thing.

  • 3 months ago

    Hi. Active duty means you are an active duty soldier. Reserves means that they are reserve soldiers.

  • 3 months ago

    lack of training

  • gerald
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    there is less chance of dying in the reserves its not a game

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