Yesterday we celebrated the 102nd Anniversary of the Army Reserves. To honor that anniversary, sixty soldiers in the Army Reserve reenlisted at the fifth annual National Capitol Reenlistment Ceremony on Capitol Hill. Visit the “My Army Reserve” for pictures and a special message from Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, Chief Army Reserve and Commander Army Reserve Command.
But what exactly is life like for the men and women of the Army Reserves? We asked one Reservist - Ronald Cameau - to shed some light on his experiences…
USO: Army Reserve - it’s probably a term that people hear a lot, but what does it actually mean as far as where and how you serve? Ronald Cameau: A reservist is a Service Member who serves in a branch of the military in a part-time capacity (minimum one weekend a month, two full weeks a year) or in a time of war (which is when you become “Active Duty”). With regards to location for the Reservist, we are typically assigned to a unit that is within 50 miles from our home.
USO: Why did you join in the first place? RC: I wanted to join the Army Reserve without having a full-time obligation to the military, to learn IT skills that would help me be successful. Being a part of the military is a means to make my resume look good, and lastly, patriotism.
USO: What’s the toughest part about integrating back into your non-military life? RC: I have two perspectives of integrating back into civilian life. My 1st deployment was in 2005 and I was single with no child, so my integration back into my full-time “civilian” life was somewhat normal. I guess my only issue was reintegrating with friends and figuring out what the latest style of clothes were.
More from the USO
Mar 20, 2017
Deployed Service Members ‘Break Free from Reality’ at USO Bagram's Paint and Sip Program
Before 2016, the last time Army Sgt. Derek Peterson picked up a paint brush was in high school – which, he admits, was quite a few years ago. “I would like to be [considered an artist],” Peterson said. “But I hadn’t done any real art since [then].” So, when Peterson heard about the USO Southwest Asia’s two new art programs – Paint and Sip and Art on Tap -- during a recent deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, he knew it was the perfect opportunity to get back to his creative roots