GI Rights Hotline

Military Discharges and Military Counseling

Call 1-877-447-4487

Reserves And National Guard Are Different, But Usually Not That Different

Often people who join the Reserves or National Guard are not put in the DEP and are eligible to attend paid drills with the unit they joined. Recruiters in these components sometimes try to use this difference to confuse people signed up for the reserves into thinking it is much harder for them to get out than it is for people in the DEP. Similar to the DEP, members of the reserve are also separated when they do not report to ship out for basic training. This is typically true for members of the National Guard as well, however because National Guard members are also subject to state jurisdiction, they could face penalties at the state level. While most states simply release people who don't report, there are a few states that have punished people for not reporting to basic. Anyone in this category can call a GI Rights counselor to discuss their situation 877-447-4487.