My SR went in as FTS (PIR 09/07). I do not know a lot about it and have been trying to gather as much information as possible.
What I know:
Same as active paid out of different pot.
Easier promotions due to the fact that they go up against other reservists, not AD.
Can stay on reserve bases as well.
Easier to stay stateside.
Use them to instruct other reservists in their jobs.
What I don't know:
What is IRR?
Is it hard if they want to re enlist as AD?
What does it mean if they want a Navy career?
AND probably a lot more that I don't know to ask!!
When you find out any other info, I would sure like it if you pass it on to me. I will friend request you.
Also, at MEPS most of the people that worked there stated they were FTS, as well. At least Navy side. They sang a lot of praise. But all I'm getting is the "good side". So I don't know the "down side".
I was told recently they were doing away with FTS program. What then? I can't find that out. I think you're right about being overmanned, not to mention budget cuts, which may be why they need to get payed from a different pot. Quite honestly, I didn't know she wasn't AD until 2nd trip to MEPS (right before BC) and I had a fit! I thought I was told it said reserve on there because she was still in HS, and a DEP. That it would change once it came time for her to leave...I thought I was doing so well with being informed. Up until 16July...
(2nd time at MEPS, when she left for BC)That's when everyone came to me and told me all of the "rosie" stuff. My SR conferred with me and that's when I asked about the reserve, and they told me her status would change when she went in (first time at MEPS). At least, this is what I thought. My SR seemed to act like she knew...whatever she wants to do. I was just trying to look out for her welfare as she is only 17.
Same here, though. I want her to have that option, as well.
Well that's awesome! Obviously, being a Marine, you know to make sure he goes through the jobs online beforehand (hopefully with you) and makes a list of several different jobs he thinks will be interesting. That way he sort of has an idea about them when he talks to the job counselor. Yep, sounds more real. Keep me posted!
We are pretty psyched! Now I want to make sure the recruiter puts the right code for active duty on his enlistment form when he goes to MEPS. I think it is "DNR" . Do you know where I can find out this information?