I was in just shy of 8 years. Got out in 1997 as SSGT/E5, active duty AFSC 4J0X2. Anyway, I was thinking of going back in either US Reserve or ANG. We live in Texas and in a few years would like to move to Florida. I think it would probably be easier to do this in the Reserves, since my understanding is that an ANG unit would have to "release" you & the new unit take you in. I will probably try to talk to a recruiter soon. I've already prepped the Mrs. that I would have to go away to school for a few months. We have another kiddo on the way, so I'll probably wait until late this year or early next year to do anything that involves signing on the dotted line, etc. Do you get oriented to your future unit before going to tech school (and get unforms, ID card, base sticker, etc)? Or do you just show up once you get back from tech school? Do they have a sponsor/rep at the unit or somebody that is your point of contact? When going to tech school (or any other active time) are spouses/kids given the same medical care as the active duty folks get? What happens if you don't live near a base & they need care? Does it work like having an insurance card? How hard is it to transfer if you decide to move? In our case, it would be to Florida. My guess is that they would have to have an opening, you might have to cross train. Can you train with another unit if you already move? I hope these don't seem like stupid questions. I've been out for a while, so I'm kinda out of the loop. I'm looking for more retirement + medical benefits when we're old & grey. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks!