Army reserve and active duty committment

  1. how long is the committment time for army nursing reserve and army nursing active duty?
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    Nursing; from US
    Specialty: Medical-Surgical, Informatics


  3. by   SoldierNurse22
    It varies. What's your experience and specialty?
  4. by   leekun2010
    medsurg and ive been an Rn for 2 yrs
  5. by   jeckrn
    All initial contracts for the military are for 8 years, no matter which service or status, active or reserves. Most active duty contracts have a 3 year active duty commitment followed by 5 years of reserve time. Which can either be a served as Selective or Inactive Reservist. If your initial contract is for the reserves the often the contract has you serving the 1st 4 years has you in the Selective Reserves then you can go IRR anytime after that point. Selective Reserves is the 1 weekend a month 2 weeks a year, Inactive Reserves (IRR) is you are still available for recall to active duty if the military needs you. The IRR usally has 1 muster a year to make sure that they can get ahold of you and that you are alive. Officers who do not resign their commissions after the 8 year commitment are still a reservist and eligible for recall.
    Last edit by jeckrn on Jul 29, '12
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    My initial contract was four years of active duty, but that was my choice -- I could have done three years instead.