Is it possible to join if I work abroad?

Hi,

As per the title I'm wondering if its possible to join the reserve if I work abroad. I'm a British citizen but I spend 6-9 months of the year working abroad. I always wanted to join the army but it kind of never happened and now I'm looking to fill the time between work. Is it possible to work 'full time' for a month or two in the reserve or is it all evenings and weekends?

I would of visited a recruitment center to ask but I'm currently in California :/

Many thanks.
 

SuperGay

Old-Salt
Hi,

As per the title I'm wondering if its possible to join the reserve if I work abroad. I'm a British citizen but I spend 6-9 months of the year working abroad. I always wanted to join the army but it kind of never happened and now I'm looking to fill the time between work. Is it possible to work 'full time' for a month or two in the reserve or is it all evenings and weekends?

I would of visited a recruitment center to ask but I'm currently in California :/

Many thanks.

So what's wrong with the National Guard? I just looked and you don't have to be a US citizen, just satisfy certain requirements, the same as we take commonwealth citizens into the Regular and Reserve.

This is what I copied and pasted:

Step 1
Be a permanent legal resident living in the U.S. with permission to work in the country. Neither tourist nor student visas are sufficient for enlistment in the U.S. military, and undocumented immigrants are not eligible to join the U.S. military. Non-citizens must also meet the same standards of physical fitness and education as U.S. citizens seeking to enlist.

Step 2
Have a valid Permanent Residence Card -- form I-551 (popularly known as a Green Card) -- to prove your legal resident status. If you don't have a current I-551, you have to show proof that you have applied for renewed status, such as an original receipt from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services showing you have paid for the renewal application -- form I–90 (Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card).
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Step 3
Apply to join the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Army. You will not be permitted to begin formal military training until your legal permanent resident status is established. Your Permanent Residence Card must be valid for the duration of your enlistment.

Step 4
Apply for U.S. citizenship if you want to be eligible to reenlist beyond your initial service commitment or to become a commissioned Army officer. Although the normal path to citizenship requires a legal resident to maintain that status for at least five years while living and working in the U.S., the military offers an accelerated program that takes about 10 months.
 

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