Next Steps - Medical Reserves
The OHMR is seeking to recruit medical personnel to fill both Warrant and Commissioned Officer positions. The traditional path, to serve as an Officer in a uniformed position, requires a minimum commitment of one weekend day per month and 3 days of Annual Training per year. Individuals who seek this opportunity will receive a Regular Reserve State Warrant or Commission in the Ohio Military Reserve. This training is unpaid. They will receive the rank and pay grade appropriate to their skill and experience set. If they have not previously served in the military, they will attend 2 weekend trainings to learn the basics of military life.
A new path has opened to allow those with less available time to serve. This path requires a minimum commitment of one weekend drill day per quarter and no Annual Training requirement. This training is unpaid. Individuals who seek this opportunity will receive a Limited Duty Reserve State Warrant or Commission in the Ohio Military Reserve. They will receive the rank and pay grade appropriate to their skill and experience set. They will need to complete approximately 8-hours of orientation training. Individuals in this status will be authorized a relaxed uniform, hair style and appearance standard and might appear to be a civilian employee. They will, however, have the full pay, legal benefits and civil protections of Regular Warrant and Commissioned Officers in the OHMR. In addition, like other military reservists, those employed in Ohio have certain employment protections guaranteed by provisions in the Ohio Revised Code that mirror the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act as it relates to Ohio Employers. Public employers in Ohio and some private employers provide paid military leave while in service to the State.
There are some restrictions on who can be accepted into the OHMR. They include:
1. Applicants must be US Citizens.
2. Applicants may not have been convicted of domestic violence or a felony.
Since the target of this current recruiting effort is to reach medical personnel who can support the current and anticipated medical needs associated with Covid-19 response, some additional requirements are:
1. Applicants must not have reached the age of 60.
2. Applicants must not have co-morbid conditions that would prevent them from working in a Covid-19 environment.
3. Applicants must have valid Ohio medical credentialing with no current disciplinary activity.
4. Applicants must be available for (but are not guaranteed), rapid assignment to a paid state Covid-19 related mission.