Many of you on this board know me but for those who do not, I want to introduce myself. My name is SFC Chuck Parker. I am an Army Reserve Career Counselor and have been a member of GT since 1999. I have done 2 tours in Iraq, 1 as a Combat Engineer 12B/21B and one (2009) as a Retention NCO with ARCENT ARA COB Speicher in Tikrit. I have 3 main jobs. 1. Reenlist Soldiers currently in the Army Reserve. 2. TRansfer Soldiers from the IRR to a Select Reserve Unit. 3. Career guidance and Officer/ Warrent Officer Direct Commission packeting. If you need guidance in any of these areas and are not getting the support you need please call or email me immediately. Now IRR Soldiers special note: I would imagine if you are in the IRR you have been getting pounded this time of year with emails, calls, and letters, asking you to join a Reserve Unit. Briefly, the reason for this, is the Army Reserve needs your leadership and experiance. If you're in the IRR you are likely in your MSO time for 1 to 4 years of your remaining 8 year contract. If you choose to come over and drill with a Unit it DOES NOT extend your contract you simply move from a Non-paid Resevist to a Paid Reservist. What many IRR Soldiers don't know is; if you dont like it, you CAN transfer back to the IRR. ANYTHING you do during your MSO is voluntary, there is NO NEW CONTRACT. There are many benefits to the Transfer but the most sought after is the 24 month Mobilization Deferment. This is from the DOA and guarentees in writing that even if the Unit you join deploys, you will not. However you can choose to vacate it if you choose. You can also change your MOS in the Reserve and if you choose to go back active duty at some point you carry that MOS as well. In addition, If you want to go back Active Duty the Reserve is a faster way to gain acceptance. There is a lot of mis-information and high pressure sales tactics being used right now, I know, trust me, and you may view this post as one as well. That is not my intent. My intenet is to offer you assistance or guidance without a high pressure sales pitch. My goal is to transition qualified and experiance Soldiers (Enlisted, NCO's, and Officers)into positions in the Army Reserve. If I can answer any questions, Please feel free to contact me by email at charles.parker5@USAR.army.mil or by my cell: 513-257-9753 I wont Bull**** you, you have my word. SFC P Wanna kill these ads? We can help!