I'm 30 years old, have no kids, and am interested in joining the Army Reserves.
There's one thing, however, that's making me hesitant to join: I don't have any friends or family in the military, so I'm struggling to get any detailed, impartial information about what I'd be getting myself into. Like I don't have anyone I can have a CONVERSATION with about life in the Reserves. As a result, I can't be completely confident joining is the right move.
The thing I mostly want to talk to people about is: how hard is it going to be for me to find and hold down jobs if I join the Reserves, and there is the possibility I might have to up and leave work for 6 months at any time? Does no one in the private sector want to hire a Reservist? Or do employers seem to value (or be indifferent) to it?
Essentially, I'm asking: how much does a career in the Reserves affect and crowd out (or enhance and boost) your civilian career?
So I want to hear your testimonials, horror stories, or grand successes about job hunting while in the Reserves. Any information I can get about how being in the Reserves will affect my civilian career would be highly valuable!
(Note: I have a degree and work 9-5 office type jobs. So if your non-Reservist job is "working on and Army base" or "working under the table for my contractor uncle," your experience is not relevant to my question/thread. Same goes for students. I only want to hear from office workers/professionals - social workers, managers, bankers, accountants, teachers, etc.)