The U.S. Army boasts over 150 job types, with most of them being available to both active duty and reserves. However, those in the Reserves don’t always get the same training but are expected to deploy to the same combat zones and complete the same missions. For example, active duty civil affairs troops go through extensive training and over a year and a half of training, including airborne school and learning another language. However, the Reserve civil affairs receive less training and support, but make up 82 percent of civil affairs. One of the big reasons for this is the cost factor. Language classes, airborne training, and over a year of specialized civil-military education is condensed into a two week course at Fort Bragg for Reservists.
The Crossroads of Special Operations