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DS-260 - Military Service Query(I'm still a Reservist)

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Hi,

I'm from Australia and a member of the Army Reserves here. I have remained what is termed 'inactive' since returning from the UK in 2013(due to my current employment I'm unable to commit to being an active member) and last year after we filed the I-130 I contacted the US Embassy in Sydney and queried if being a Reserve member would be a limiting factor on getting the CR-1 visa approved. They advised me that it wouldn't, however the DS-260 online form requires a specific military service end date which as I have not discharged I cannot provide. Has anyone got any advice? Partner is trying to contact the NVC whilst able to during work but no luck so far...

Wondering if I could enter my current service under the 'other occupation' heading and leave the 'previous military service' as 'no'.

Also, the question:

"Do you have any specialized skills or training, such as firearms, explosives, nuclear, biological, or chemical experience?"

Being an Infantry soldier I wouldn't consider my training in firearms or explosives, etc to be 'specialised' and there's not much special about running about in a NBC suit doing CS gas training! Is this one of these times to err on the side of caution and just explain that my training was all conducted during military service?
Thanks for your time and to all VJ moderators, your work on here is greatly appreciated, don't know where we'd be without this site as the go to source for information.
Matthew

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You likely have to leave the military. They need your military paperwork. I don't think you can go ahead without it to be honest. Canadians I know were required to provide all their military records and discharge paperwork.

If you've trained with fully automatic assault rifles, thats more than a normal gun dont you think? The average person doesn't train at all with fully automatic rifles or with any explosives.

That's just my take on it. If the public cannot purchase it legally, then it's specalized training. Maybe someone else will know more about it.

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