SPC Michael Olivero (Reserve, Enlisted), talks about job role/experience/benefits - why he went back to the army after active duty. Received technical knowledge from the army technically oriented training that can be used in the future, ta...
What drew me to my initial MOS in the Active Duty Army was the length of the training and the type of training that it was. It was a technically oriented training. It was 10 months.
I learned how to fix radars, how to take them all the way down to subcomponents and then reassemble those subcomponents. I really thought, "Wow, this is a lot of technical knowledge that I can do something with in the future. Not only will I be able to fix this radar, but I'm learning about radar in general."
I picked Patriot Operator Maintainer when I went Active Duty. My deployment to Saudi Arabia, we thought we were going to come under terrorist attack at anytime. We were at a modified DELTA threat condition. It was a scary time, but it was good because we were prepared for it, we were prepared for anything that was thrown at us. It was great; it was the best thing I've ever done. It took me out of New York and made me who I am today.
I wanted to come back into the Army right after 9/11. I was still in the IRR at the time and initially my wife wasn't supportive and I just kept telling her, "I don't understand it myself. I just know that the Army needs me, that they're looking for people and I want to do my part."
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