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Navy Reserve

The Navy Reserve is a valued partner of the Navy’s active-duty department. It offers citizens the chance to serve on a part-time basis, training near home until called to Active Duty. A reservist can pursue a full-time civilian education or obtain special military training while serving.

Today, the Navy Reserve is comprised of more than 20 percent of total Navy assets and, when called to action, can be found abroad, on shore, in the air or at sea. The Navy Reserve’s involvement with the Navy continues to grow. Currently, 51,540 Navy reservists stand by to join the fleet when needed as active parts of the largest and most powerful naval force in the world.

Before Serving in the Navy Reserve

To join the U.S. Navy Reserve, you must be between 18 and 39 years old (exceptions can be made for those with prior service). You must also pass a physical exam and have a high school diploma. Although, in rare instances, GED certificates can be accepted. For individuals with prior service, your physical is very important when reaffiliating with the Navy Reserve. All enlisted Navy reservists must take the ASVAB test to determine placement within the Service.

Navy Reserve training, like full-time Navy training, begins with seven to nine weeks of Boot Camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

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Navy Reserve Benefits

The Navy Reserve provides a flexible opportunity to serve while maintaining a civilian career. In addition to regular pay for all time spent training and deployed, a member of the Navy Reserve receives top-of-the-line job training, travel benefits and even college credits for certain experiences.

Map of Navy Reserve units
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Navy Reserve Careers

Time in the Navy Reserve can provide valuable career skills that apply directly to the civilian world. Navy reservists work with the latest technology under high pressure – training many employers value and seek out. Whether a reservist performs duties similar to his or her civilian job or something entirely different, military training can make a huge impact on career success.

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