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Old 05-06-2012, 10:41 PM
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Default Joined AF reserve, prior Marine, can't stand AF reserve anymore ....want to go USMCR

I did 5 years active , joined the AF reserve last August. I can't stand the lack of militarism anymore , I want to go Marine Reserve, there's a Marine Helicopter reserve squadron at Edwards that would be so close. Want to stay reserve cause my aerospace career is going great so far. Anyone know a prior service Marine Recruiter?
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Old 05-07-2012, 6:56 PM
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I did four years in the Corps as well and am now in the AF reserve. I do miss the military part of the Corps but I do love the creature comforts now!!!

I guess its good I am in a combat type unit so at least we do good training.

The one I know is at seal beach naval weapons station.
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Old 05-07-2012, 7:35 PM
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Since your still in a unit, you need to do an inter-service transfer. For a recruiter to help, you would have to be out of the AF.

You need to see your current S-1 to get all the requirements at this point. And if you leave the AF before the transfer is completed, you'll end up having to go to MEPS again like your a boot.
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Theres a prior service recruiter on Pendleton in Flores. Theres also one in Seal Beach like Comcam stated. Not sure how you would go from one to the other like that. I know that when you leave active duty and go reserves that there is no contractual obligation if you stay in you MOS, for Marines anyways. Di you sign a contract with the air force for 6 years?
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Your commander has to sign a conditional release (you're released conditional upon your joining another component) before a recruiter from another service will even talk to you.

I know that, for the California Army Guard, after 9/11 that authority was withdrawn to OTAG level. Not sure how high you'd have to go on teh AF Res side, especially now that the AF and it's components are in a draw down. Might be easy to get.

Another route you can take is to transfer to the IRR. Any service's recruiter can pull you out of the IRR.
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IRR you say? So go IRR AF side and it'll be easier to transfer to USMCR?
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I signed a 3 year gig
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IRR you say? So go IRR AF side and it'll be easier to transfer to USMCR?
Yep. _IF_ you can get your AF commander, at whatever level is required, to let you transfer to the IRR a USMCR recruiter should be able to pull you from there easily. You said you served 5 years in the USMC. If you were still within your 8 year window when you signed with the AFRes that's what the AFRes recruiter did: Pulled you from the USMC IRR pool into the AFRes. You'd just be doing it in reverse.

You'll want to look at whether you need to pay back any enlistment bonuses, college tuition, etc before you make the move.

Keep in mind, too that I've heard the same complaints from USMCR guys as you're making about the AFRes. Very, very few reserve component units have the same culture as an equivalent active duty unit. I served with Regular Army, Army Reserve and National Guard elements. All were different, and some of the crappiest units were in the Regular Army.

Another option is to stay where you are and learn how another service works. Regardless of what you think about their haircuts and military bearing it is unarguable that the AF is good, the best in the world overall, at what it does. I think you'll also find that they rarely slack where it really counts. You've got 30 or so drills and a few weeks AT to put up with it. My advice would be to stick it out and see if you can learn something. Even if you go back to the Corps after you'll have a broader perspective.
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Thanks tank, good points
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I did 5 years active , joined the AF reserve last August. I can't stand the lack of militarism anymore , I want to go Marine Reserve, there's a Marine Helicopter reserve squadron at Edwards that would be so close. Want to stay reserve cause my aerospace career is going great so far. Anyone know a prior service Marine Recruiter?
I did 2 years with HMH-769 at Edwards after we closed down El Toro. Only HMM-764 (Phrogs) is there now. If you can do it, it's a great place to be a reservist. The Air Force will let you out?
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I'm IRR in AF reserve now. The phrog unit will be converting to ospreys and movin to miramar. I did my 5 but I think I'm done gents. It came to a point where I had to choose , concentrate on civi career which pays bills or juggle reserve duties that have stopped me from travel work opportunities and advancements with Northrop Grumman. Thankfully I've been blessed and don't really rely on drill pay or going on orders
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Sounds like a solid choice to me....
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HMH-769 at Edwards, decommissioned in 2008. And HMM-764 transitioned to VMM-764 and moved to Miramar about a year ago.

In the AF IRR, can you still get Satisfactory years toward retirement? In the USMC IRR, you can still get your 50 points by doing MCI's. After 20 you get your retired ID. And at 60 you'll get your pension and free Tricare. Does AF do that also?
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