Active Duty or Army Reserve?
Initial Military Training

Learn the differences between serving on active duty or in the Army Reserve.

Careers & Jobs
Army Petroleum Supply Specialists

Deployment Deferment

Deployment can be delayed for up to 24 months, giving you a chance to pursue your civilian goals.

Earn Extra Money

There are many opportunities to earn extra money in the Army Reserve. These one-time bonuses reward Army Reserve Soldiers who have certain skills and education or complete special Army Reserve training. To learn which bonuses you are qualified to earn, contact your Reserve Component Transition Branch.

Enlistment bonuses

These financial incentives are available to you just for re-enlisting with the Army Reserve: If you have prior military service, you could qualify for a six-year enlistment bonus worth up to $20,000. This bonus is only available for enlistment into the Army Reserve within designated bonus-eligible Military Occupational Specialties (MOS).

NOTE: Bonus amounts, eligibility criteria and qualifying MOS change frequently. To learn more, visit the U.S. Army's Human Resource Command website and click the "HRC Counselor Directory" to find your local career counselor.

Employer Partnership Program

Serve in the Army Reserve and continue to advance your civilian career. Through this program, you’ll gain access to thousands of civilian employers who value the qualities that the Army fosters in its Soldiers. To learn more, check out the Employer Partnership web site.

Service Reduction

The Military Service Obligation (MSO) program is available to Officers and enlisted Soldiers who have completed their initial Active Duty Service obligation, but still have a portion of their eight-year MSO remaining. If you agree to serve in the Army Reserve, your remaining MSO will be reduced by half. For example, after completing four years of Active Duty, your MSO will be reduced by two years. You must be able to serve at least one year in the Army Reserve, and the MSO cannot be reduced by more than two years.

Career Flexibility

You'€™ll have the ability to change career fields and train for a new MOS when transitioning from Active Duty to the Army Reserve. You will also have the opportunity to receive a commission as a Warrant Officer or Officer.