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Air Force Reserve Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Really great benefits and career advancements (in 23 reviews)

  • Serving your country at the ready (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes active duty members underestimate the abilities of those in the reserve IMA programs (in 19 reviews)

  • You will have to spend some time away from home and your family (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great work, good friends, fair pay"

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    Former Employee - Public Health Journeyman in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Public Health Journeyman in Dayton, OH
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Air Force Reserve part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for an E-4 level employee, great friendships, always learning new things, good networking

    Cons

    Takes up entire weekend and 2 weeks out of year

    Advice to Management

    n/a keep up good work!


  2. "Fleet Management & Analysis"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in March Arb, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in March Arb, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You work a weekend a month and an additional 2 weeks in the year (can either be consecutive or "sprinkled" throughout the year) for the amount you are paid it's worth it, paid food & lodging (if you live more than 50 mi to the base), per diem during your 2 weeks., Tuition assistance, TSP (retirement), deployment opportunities (make more money), advancement is easier than Active duty.

    Cons

    Some of the scheduled work days can get moved


  3. "E6"

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    Current Employee - Unit Deployment Manager in March Arb, CA
    Current Employee - Unit Deployment Manager in March Arb, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Education, morale, travel, fitness, promotions

    Cons

    Weekend duty, fitness, promotions, travel, training

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. "Flight Chief"

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    Current Employee - Flight Chief in Keesler AFB, MS
    Current Employee - Flight Chief in Keesler AFB, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I love the Pay and Travel

    Cons

    working only part time 2 days out the month and two week out of the year because of funding


  6. "Excellent Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Security Forces in Andrews Air Force Base, MD
    Current Employee - Security Forces in Andrews Air Force Base, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You don't join the Air Force Reserve for the pay, but for the doors it opens for you. Training, networking, knowledge, career paths, benefits.

    Cons

    If you get deployed, you'll have to sacrifice all privacy and other people/things that make you comfortable. You are defending your nation with your life.

    Advice to Management

    None. Keep on keeping on!


  7. "Air Force Reserve Rocks!"

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    Current Employee - SMSgt in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - SMSgt in North Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is decent, great healthcare with Tricare, travel around the country and the world and get paid for it!

    Cons

    They determine when you work; You will miss birthdays, kids sporting events, anniversaries, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Can we get a better travel re-imbursement system please???


  8. "Air Force Reserve"

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    Current Employee - RF Transmission Systems Tech in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - RF Transmission Systems Tech in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Instills discipline, teaches time management techniques, provides opportunities to perform at levels of responsibility that civilian companies would require much more experience for.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be stressful, disconnection between senior leadership and lower enlisted ranks causes inefficiency in certain situations, some planning functions are in need of improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how all aspects of the force factor into the mission as a whole and listen to what the junior enlisted have to say because they are usually the most qualified to give feedback on the mission as they are the most exposed to it.


  9. "Materials Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grissom ARB, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grissom ARB, IN

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Gives me a chance to serve my country and live a normal life

    Cons

    It can be stressful at times but so can all jobs


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    "Air Force Reserve"

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    Former Employee - Staff Officer, Analyst, and Senior Intelligence Watch Officer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Officer, Analyst, and Senior Intelligence Watch Officer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends

    I worked at Air Force Reserve part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you were active duty and separated, the Air Force Reserve gives you a chance to "serve" again, albeit, at a reduced level. Based upon your situation, you can either serve with a Reserve Unit or as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA). Both have their advantages, however I cannot speak for a Unit Reservist. As an IMA, I essentially was part of an active duty unit and, more importantly, was part of the "unit memory" as I could augment when needed (on orders) and helped during challenging times (served for 2.5 years after 9/11). My Active and Reserve duty were the best years of the life.

    Cons

    Because I either volunteered for extra duty or was prone to call up (after 9/11), I did not really have a civilian career, as I did not want to commit to a company, work myself up "the ladder" and then suddenly be activated. It would not be fair to my co-workers and the organization. During the last few years, I worked several "gig" jobs, such as substitute teacher when I wasn't activated. I salute you if you can have both a successful military and "civilian" career.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that Reservists quite often are there own combination administration, trainer, and other duties which the active duty forces sometimes takes for granted. There were a few days when I sweated waiting for orders to give to my civilian employer in order to come on to active duty.


  11. "Best Job EVER!!!"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, 30 days paid vacation, excellent health & wellness benefits, etc

    Cons

    There are no downsides to recruiting


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