For a while now, I have been considering joining the Reserves. After doing a some research, I learned that the Navy seems to be more friendly for those who have a career going and a family. I’m 36 years old, degreed engineer, and have a couple of kids. The Navy offers a Direct Commission Program providing entrance as an Officer (O-1); this program has a 2 week training period after acceptance into the program (a wanna be ‘Basic Training’.)
So my question: With the on-going war in Iraq, is it truly a weekend a month and 2 weeks a year commitment? I desire to serve, but I need to consider the likelihood of a 6 month deployment overseas and the effects on the family and payment of my mortgage.
I’d appreciate any insight on the program and on the Reserves (especially information the recruiter won’t mention.)