Retired FAA, NATCA Member
Re: Army Reservist Air Traffic Controller
Mike it isn't reserves that is the issue, it's the word Army controller (no offense intended). The problem is that as a whole Army controllers don't do well in the contract or FAA world because they usually don't have busy fixed wing tower experience with their helicopter experience, they usually only have remote field time working just helicopters.
Whenever we had former army controllers (some with several alledged CTO's) most didn't know any aircraft types (GA or Air Carrier), or basic aircraft performance. The last former army controller that I trained called every aircraft a cessna, this guy couldn't even identify a B767 (huge size difference) parked among B737's and regional jets, needless to say he didn't certify even after he was given lots of additional training time.
Hopefully you'll be able to find a tower that will take a chance on you so that you can list other than army atc experience.