Serving in the U.S. Navy has changed my life. As a service member who recently reaffiliated with active duty from the reserves, after serving eight years on active duty prior, I have learned many lessons. One is that you always leave things better than you found them. The Navy does an unbelievable job molding and developing us not only as people, but also as leaders. Even when we operate at our best we always look for ways to improve.
There are many issues, however, that plague Navy reserve forces, such as training, usability, and stigmas perpetuated by the active component. When all these concerns are brought to the surface we are left with one of the biggest deficiencies: an unwillingness to step up to volunteer for mobilizations and being ready to execute the mission.