Ask the Readers: Returning to Duty After Military Retirement?
I occasionally get a question that I can’t answer on my own, and this one is of general interest to many of us. Can you help this military retiree with an instruction reference or a website?
Here’s their question:
I retired from the Army and Army Reserve after a total of 29 years. Six of those years were active duty. 11 of those years I was enlisted, and 18 of them I was an officer. I retired, I got divorced, and I really miss the military.
I am age 50 in excellent condition and even had a military physical completed to try to back in – but no one thinks they can help me. I don’t want to go active duty just Reserve or IMA (individual mobilization). Please advise me of who can help me. I miss the military. Thanks.
The Army Reserve allows some retirees to participate, with several restrictions. Here’s an excerpt from that link:
Transfer to the Retired Reserve. A member in this category may participate in inactive duty training provided:
a) Such training is at no expense to the Government.
b) Members are not entitled to pay or retirement points.
c) No official record of such participation is maintained.
Similar wording is in the “Army Reserve Non-Regular Retirement Information Guide”, chapter 3-1 c.2.b, page 8 (that link opens a Word document).
You could try talking with your local Army Reserve recruiter, but I don’t know what’s typically available at local sites. You could also contact the Army’s Human Resource Service Center for other program or instruction references, and then see what you could arrange in your area.
I can think of three other options to share in the military culture:
- JROTC instructor at a local high school. These are pay billets filled by military retirees, but they’re very popular and in high demand. You might have to do this as an unpaid volunteer for months or even years.
- Honors detail for military funerals.
- Volunteering with a local veteran’s organization like American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officer Association of America, one of the wounded warrior programs, or whatever other chapters are in your area.
Readers, any other ideas? Do you have a reference or a website?
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