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Old 03-23-2009, 03:42 AM
HFunovitz HFunovitz is offline
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Hi, I am 20 and married with 3 kids. I am thinking about going into the reserves but dont know a few things, 1) since there is split coustody over my daughter would I have to give my daughter to my ex and lose custody over her? 2) Would I be able to still live in WV? and 3) how long would my basic last with my training? I am currently a CNA here and would like to try and do something in the medical field there....If anyone can help with anything please let me know.... any other advice would be helpful to, also would I be able to have my family with me if I went active?
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:18 AM
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Cant help much with the custody, on how that works, but im sure you wouldnt have to give it up but im sure you would need to arrange something. Im not sure how familly matters on base with with a single parent if you would go active, im sure someone else will know.

As far as where you live, you can live in anywhere in the states you want, thats the nice part of the reserves. You'll get assigned a reserve unit in the area where you'll need to report to once a month for drilling.

Basic training itself depending on the length of your reception is around 10 weeks (with reception and graduation) Then you'll go to AIT which can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on what you choose. Its my understanding thou that you'll be limited to what your reserve unit has available. if theres a job you realy want that can be had my reservist, but isnt at your local unit, ask your recruiter he may be able to find another unit close by that has it.
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:30 AM
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I believe since you have split custody there shoudn't be a problem. Your best bet would be to contact a recruiter in your City. As a Reserve you would be in your home State as long as you are not deployed. BCT (basic) is 9 weeks long, then you would go to your AIT (Advanced Individual Training) which can last any where from 7 to 30+ weeks. Since you would like to be in a Medical Field look up 68w Health Care Specialist. You could ask for M6 which is to become a Practical Nurse. AIT for 68w is in San Antonio Tx at Fort Sam Houston.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:53 AM
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I am married, but my ex has visitation over my daughter, I am hoping to do nursing, thats for the info!!
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:55 AM
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Ok sorry i miss understood.

In that case no, you will not have to give up any custody, just need to make sure your husband(if he hasnt adopted her) will need legal guardianship of her while your gone so he can make any important choices or sign papers or you ex will have to do it in that case.

IF you go active duty, one of two things will happen A- they'll give you on base housing for you and your familly to live in, even if your deployed they still get to live there, army will provide housing for free and any required utlities(water, heat, sewage, etc) you'll just have to pay phone, internet, cable if you decided you want those. or B- in the event there isnt any on base housing available they will give you a housing allowance, in which case you have to find your own housing, take care of all the bills and what not but you'll get the housing allowance to pay towards it which should cover a good chunk of your bills.

and just to be clear on my earlier statement, basic training is actually 9 weeks, but you'll spend some time in reception before actually starting basic, so with reception it turns out to be closer to 10 weeks.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:24 PM
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While you're at BCT & AIT you'd have to arrange for your children to have someone care for them. You won't be able to have them with you while training.

After you get back home you'll be attending drill one weekend a month & will be on annual training two weeks a year. At weekend drill you'll be able to go home at night. During your two weeks of AT you won't be able to take your kids along so you'd have to arrange for their care. Then you have to think of future mobilization & deployment. You'll have to have a plan for child care to even enlist in case of that contingency. If you have parents or some other family member that would be willing to take them then you wouldn't have a problem. If there's any problem then you wouldn't be allowed to enlist.

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Old 03-23-2009, 01:40 PM
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wouldi have any break between ait and basic to come home and see my kids?
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:53 PM
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In general there are only a couple days between BCT and AIT. Your Family can come down at the end of BCT for Family day and your Graduation though. You will be able to call and speak with your kids from BCT, how much depends on your DS.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:58 PM
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I thought you wanted to join the Army Reserve. You'd come home after AIT & stay there except for one weekend a month & 2 weeks a year. That's of course unless your unit gets activated & deployed.
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:11 PM
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I am married, but my ex has visitation over my daughter, I am hoping to do nursing, thats for the info!!
I would encourage you to try and get the M6 schooling if you can get it. The way it works is they usually take the top 5 or 10% of the 68W course and give them the option to go to M6 school. You might need to be aware that the school is a year long. It is broken up into 2 phases. First pahse is at Ft. Sam Houston Texas and the second phase could be anywhere where the Army has a full blown Hospital. You could stary at Ft. Sam but i did my 1st phase there and was sent to Ft. Gordon Ga. for phase 2. You dont get the choice. I will tell you that the Army M6 school is extremely hard..We had a test about every 3 days for a year. Fail one test you get to retest..fail the retest and your gone!! We started with 128 Soldiers and graduated 62. I wouldnt ever volunteer to do it again but I promise you that you will heads and shoulders above any LPN out there and better than most R.N.'s in your knowledge and skills.

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