Servicemembers are faced with an important decision at the end of their enlistment: whether to separate from military service or transition into the Reserves.
The Reserves offer many great opportunities, including the opportunity to remain associated with the military without the full-time commitment of being active duty. Military Reservists commonly work two days a month and have two weeks of active-duty training a year.
After completing eight years of active duty in the Coast Guard, I spent 12 years in the Reserves. When I transferred to the Reserves, I was able to build upon my active-duty training and also maintain my boarding officer and boat coxswain qualifications.