Bringing this thread back to life since it gave me some good info before I rejoined in the Navy Reserves. Background: 10 years active duty Navy ATC, took a 5 year break to get my FAA life in order and joined the reserves in Jan 2022.
VA disability is forfeited for the 60 or so days between your one weekend a month, 2 weeks a year. One drill weekend counts as 4 days of time for military pay purposes. They calculate a 4 hr period as one day. 8 hr day = 2 paid days. The VA will send you a letter at end of year asking if you want to forfeit basically 2 whole months or have them prorate it throughout the year. Long story short, you get drill pay and VA disability.
Drill weekends and work schedule are worked out between you and management. At my facility now, I have SUN/MON rdos with a mandatory OT shift every Monday. I either reschedule my Saturday drills throughout the year or use leave and credit. I can't rdo swap because I'm on 6 day work weeks. If I had weekday rdos, I would be screwed. I reschedule my Sat drills by working 8am-12pm (4 hr period) on my tues and weds night shifts. I drill before work, change clothes, and work my shift. Each facility is different as I've heard some of my buddies get admin excused absence because they are fat staffed.
You get 15 days of military leave a year, which you can rollover up to 15 days. Your 2 weeks a year annual training counts as 10 military leave days. That means if you do the bare minimum 2 weeks, you should have 5 days to rollover or use for drill weekends.
You double dip using your military time. My 10 years active bought back count towards my FAA retirement and also counts towards my time in service in the reserves. I'll have 2 retirements and VA disability with my 10 years active time.
Is it worth it? Absolutely yes. CPC and it gives you flexibility to do what you want. My wife is active duty ATC and got orders to San Diego. I got picked up on last NCEPT and we transfer together in June. If I didn't get picked up, I would've taken orders there in a supply warehouse making more than i do now working 2 OTs a pay period at my level 9 and would be protected under USERRA. And yes, I went supply in the reserves cause ATC in the reserves sucks as far as duty stations. I'm currently in South Korea finishing up my 2 weeks a year working in a post office getting my military pay, faa pay, and VA disability.
I hope this helps even one person. It helped me out and I appreciate you guys that take the time to respond to others. And oh yeah, and I joined the reserves in Texas so I get the Hazelwood act and a navy reserve gi bill on top of my already used gi bill.