I'm a college junior who is about 2 years away from graduating. I was in ROTC but wasn't contracted due to budget issues. However, since I have my heart set on becoming an Army officer this isn't deterring me.
So I was thinking about joining the Reserves to gain more soldiering experience as well as some education benefits for grad school in the future. Where I was thinking about doing SMP with ROTC. A well as to get a start on serving my country and community.
I have a fairly good GPA and a decent PT score overall.
Now I have a few questions in regards to this?
1. Would it be even worth it for me to go enlisted? Or should I just hold my water and try OCS or ROTC later on?
2. What would the time commitment be like serving in the Reserves? Especially for someone going to school for an undergrad/graduate degree?
3. With the way the economy is, scaling back, and talk of more defense cuts would it be a good time to jump in? Could I be turned down if I'm otherwise qualified?
4. What are my odds of being deployed? Although, I'm more then willing to take the risk. I'm nervous about such a prospect interrupting my education, essentially since I haven't finished my undergrad.
I'd appreciate to hear any opinions and so forth