I am currently in my third year of ROTC at my university. I have to put in my requests for active duty, Army Reserve, or National Guard pretty soon. Up until a few days ago, my heart was set on active duty, and then I started to feel a type of calling to serve my community as well as my country during my time as a soldier. So I have a question about the Guard that I didn’t see answered anywhere else on the forum. Guard service is usually described as “training just one weekend per month, and one two-week period each year.” ROTC is usually described as attending one hour of PT and one hour of Military Science class three days a week plus one 3 hour training exercise every week. Both definitions make these organizations sound fairly easy and not very time consuming. I have no experience with the Guard yet, but I can tell you that ROTC involves A LOT more than what I just listed. There is constantly information going up and down through the CoC via text messages, phone calls and emails. There are also little details that have to be done throughout the week to keep things running smoothly. Each and every day of the week, including Sundays, I am doing something with ROTC. My question is, how much extra work do Guard soldiers do other than drilling once a month, particularly company grade officers? What else does Guard service involve other than drill? Thanks in advance for the help and if anyone on here is a current Guard member who went through ROTC, a comparison post would be really nice.
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