I have been a reservist for a few years and just found out that my active duty orders have been approved
Also found out that at some point, in the future (OPSEC) I will be getting another deployment (Afghanistan)
I will be "I & I" (Inspector - Instructor) staff at my Marine Reserve unit in California, coordinating the medical department, being a Corpsman and all. I am excited to switch from a primarily medical care provider to a heavily administrative position for a while. Best part is that when my reserve Marines are training, I still get to go to the field and not be a total POTG / office jockey.
6 months to a year of E5 / 8 years service / 2 dependant / San Francisco Bay Area, CA housing allowance... Sadly, the wages I will earn from the military are much better than what I earn at a civilian ambulance provider.
Anyhow - looking forward to going back to the business and I am going to use this period as a deciding factor whether I want to return to the "Big" Navy and try for orders to 1ST MARDIV. (Some people are sick, very sick) I liked Camp Pendleton for some reasonm, I am married and have a family, so I haven't got to worry about being eaten up alive by the monster that Oceanside is.
If any of you have experience as I&I staff or "FTS" Navy PM me: I am taking a survey of those who are full - time / active duty, yet in the reserve support realm. The "big" active (fleet) Navy supposedly is too over-manned on E5 FMF Corpsmen, so they aren't taking any prior service contracts, yet I may be able to transition & segue into an FTS active duty contract. I have weighed heavily on re-enlisting into full time military service, I really miss it most days. I fully intend on doing 20 years, whether reserve or in the fleet.