Most people assume that “Weekend Warriors” hold down some sort of civilian job while serving in the National Guard or Reserves. While this assumption is logical, many NG and Reserve Officer do not have a Full-Time Career outside of their obligation to the NG or Reserves. For whatever reason, these Soldiers have elected to, or simply cannot find work in the civilian world.
Sometimes, they may just prefer to work within the NG or Reserves Full-Time. With that all being said, the question we seek to answer is: What Resources are Available for NG and Reserve Officers Without a Civilian Career? To answer, I will first cover a few of the most popular ways to work for the NG or Reserves on a full-time basis and then discuss some resources available to help you find and land those positions.
ADOS Orders: ADOS Orders, while not “permanent” are a great way to work on a full-time basis for the NG. I say “permanent” because some ADOS positions expire after a length of time and some are indefinite. For example, my PSG had worked on ADOS orders within the PA NGB and Counter-Drug Program for 11+ years. Only just recently was he forced to find an AGR position. But, for the better half of his career he was able to maintain full-time employment with the NG simply on ADOS orders. If this appeals to you, talk with your S1 and local recruiters to see where there are some ADOS vacancies.
AGR Positions: While these are far less available than ADOS order positions, they are permanent and provide you a full-time position to serve within the NG. Same rules apply here…talk with your S1 and others in the “know” to try and secure an AGR position.
Defense Contracting: While it is not necessarily a job within the NG or Reserves, many of my peers who hold degrees in computer engineering and other technological degrees work for companies such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, etc. There are many other positions out there that require the special and unique skills that Army Officers have that, while may not be NG or Reserve Employment, are still military related.
If you have any added advice or tips for readers, or if you have any questions, just post them below. Thank you.