The Reserve wants you

The Army Reserve needs soldiers at the same time the active Army is cutting tens of thousands. What’s more, the Reserve is offering big incentives for soldiers making the transition from active duty: thousands in cash, two years between mobilizations and job training.

The openings in the Reserve are for both enlisted and officers, in a wide range of specialties. As part of its recruiting effort, the Reserve has a new program to contact soldiers transitioning out of active duty and talk with them up to a year before they are scheduled to leave the Army.

Find out the details — including specific ranks and jobs the Reserve needs to fill — in Army Times, on newsstands now.

New tattoo rules on the way

The Army is close to announcing changes to its recent and controversial tattoo policy, which may be good news for enlisted soldiers who want to go officer but have tattoos that don’t pass muster.

Soldiers are concerned the Army’s new tattoo regulations are unfairly blocking their career mobility, and some have criticized the service for not grandfathering enlisted soldiers who want to go officer.

An Army spokesman has confirmed the regs have been under review and changes are coming.

See more in this week’s issue of Army Times.

Enlisted at West Point

One career path that can open up a world of possibilities for enlisted soldiers is a four- or five-year tour of duty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which opens spots in its cadet classes for prior-enlisted soldiers.

West Point not only provides soldiers a solid education — instructors “will move mountains to help you,” a prior enlisted grad said — the academy welcomes their maturity and reality-based backgrounds.

See Army Times’ guide to who’s eligible, how to get in, tips for couples and more in this week’s issue.

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