Military Guard/Reserves and IB - would I be screwing my team over?
I have enjoyed five years in the Guard/Reserves and have just started my AN1 year in IB. I have eight months until I fulfill my current Guard/Reserves contract. Should I reenlist?
- I enjoy the military – it keeps me out of trouble, makes me stay fit and healthy, my leadership will call me out faster than anyone on the civilian side (if I get sloppy, they'll recognize it first)
- I have a sincere love for our country and getting to serve in the small capacity I do is meaningful to me (cheesy, but stay with me)
- If the market goes derriere-up, I can always hop onto active orders for a few months to a few years until IB ticks up again
- Exposure to leadership (both in practice and observing others) will allow me to better serve my IB teams in the future – make my team members feel valued, encourage top performance, and deliver pristine work product
- Incredibly cheap health insurance, retirement after 20 years (this means pulling ~$3000/month once I turn 65 no matter what the markets do)
- If there is a fire drill that conflicts with a military weekend, I can reschedule the obligation for another weekend so I can be fully present for my IB team
- Field events (generally once or twice a year plus two weeks in the summer) would be a great excuse to go spend some time in nature and recenter, especially considering the tempo of my civilian job the next 2-3 years
- I am willing to work through the nights on the weekends, then go to the base straight from the office to lessen the burden on my IB team
- The Guard/Reserves means one weekend every month and two weeks of the summer is the government's time, not mine
- Furthermore, generally one or two weekends a year, plus two weeks in the summer, I'll be dark and unable to access my phone/email (field training)
- I would have slower response time and slower work efficiency on 25% of my weekends (one weekend every month)
- Possibility of getting pulled from IB to deploy (relatively unlikely, maybe once or twice in next 15 years)
- While this would interfere with my "ideal" career timeline and it wouldn't be pleasant, I would be happy to go serve in this capacity if requested