Beyond the Uniform

Experience the journeys of ten people who found their paths in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Active Duty or Army Reserve?
Initial Military Training

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

Army Reserve Soldiers work to attach pieces of an improved ribbon bridge

In the Army Reserve, you may qualify for up to a $20,000 enlistment bonus, get money for college and repayment of your student loan.

Army Reserve

Gaining a Master’s Degree (and more)

Watch Captain Paul Gonzalez explain how he’s taken advantage of the many opportunities Army Reserve Soldiers receive, including getting his master’s degree.

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Earning a prestigious degree for free

See how the Army Reserve helped Captain Sandra Altamirano get into USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism — and come out with zero student loans.

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Serving country and family

Watch Sergeant Robert Catanach tell his Army Reserve stories: how the Army Reserve enabled him to serve his country while living close to home to help raise his child.

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Infantry Officer Maj. Padron

Leadership skills for a lifetime

See how Otto's time in the U.S. Army Reserve helped him become the Director of Univision. “I stay in the Army Reserve today because it allows me ‘to work on the skill’ most valuable in my job, which is to be a leader,” says Otto.

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The skills to make a difference

See how the Army Reserve gave Sergeant Marlene Garcia the focus and drive to turn her dreams of working in the medical field into a reality. “I tell anyone that has any type of goals and dreams to keep on going for it,” says Marlene, “because now I have everything I want.”

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Advantages of job training

The Army Reserve is “very flexible in honoring your commitment with them as well as your commitment in your civilian sector,” says Specialist Aveon Bland.

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Sgt Morton Radar Repair

Building a good foundation

Radar Repairer
“The Army Reserve really did give me a skill that I am going to use for the rest of my life. It’s challenging. It’s cutting edge. And it’s a great time.”

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