/ Asked by Kevin
What should I do if I plan to join the military while I am employed?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, July 18, 2016
Hi there!  The best thing you can do when you are planning major life changes is to get your personal plan as set as it can be and then open the dialog with your employer.  Everyone does better with a thorough understanding of a situation and great communication!

Chances are good that your employee manual talks about military deployments and commitments, so that can be a good place to start prior to having your conversations.  Best of luck in your path!
Answered by Brandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Hello! Your best option is to keep your current employer informed of your decisions. Open dialogue is usually the best key, and they will likely you assist you or put you in touch with the right Human Resources contact to help you. Good Luck and thank you for your future service!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, July 22, 2016
I assume that you mean you will be in the military reserves in some capacity and if that is the case, US based companies will be flexibile with you.  What you need to do is be up front about it and communicate very early on that this is your intention.  I don't feel like you need to mention it when pursuing employment, but once you have obtained employment, advise your employer ASAP.  There are many cases where military reserve personnel are deployed and need to take weeks, and sometimes months, away from work.  As stated, companies in the US must work with you on this, as long as you do your part and keep them informed early and often.
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