On the Reserve Side … Making a Successful Transition from the Active to the Reserve Component

March 10, 2014 | By scnewsltr
Question:  If I am leaving active duty, how do I find more information concerning the Navy Reserve?   Answer:  The Career Transition Office (CTO) focuses on Navy officer transitions from the Active Component to the Reserve Component.  A CTO Transition Assistant (TA) will prepare and coordinate all affiliation paperwork including billet assignment, Reserve officer appointment/oath, sponsors, bonus payments, and answer all questions concerning the Reserves.  Find out more at, http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/CAREER/TRANSITION/Pages/Officer.aspx  Question:  If I am leaving active duty, what are some of the benefits of affiliating with the Navy Reserve?  Answer:  A $10,000 signing bonus (LCDR only), GI Bill (including transferability), Reserve Retirement, SGLI, Health and Dental Insurance (premium based), education benefits, and the opportunity to continue to lead Sailors.  Find out more at http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/CAREER/TRANSITION/Pages/ReserveAffiliationBenefits.aspx   Question:  If I affiliate with the Navy Reserve, will I be sent on an IA right away?  Answer:  No.  Upon affiliation with the Navy Reserve, you are allowed a mobilization deferment to avoid deployments or mobilizations in order to establish yourself in your community and new civilian job without having to deploy.  Those that affiliate within six months of release from active duty receive a two-year involuntary mobilization deferment, and those that affiliate within seven to 12 months of release receive a one-year involuntary mobilization deferment.  You may volunteer for deployment at any time during the deferment period.   Question:  If I affiliate with the Navy Reserve, how much will I be paid?  Answer:  Drill Pay is based upon several factors, such as pay grade, time in service, and number of drills performed.  One drill weekend, which is four drill periods, would equate to four full days of active duty pay for two days of service.  For example, an O-3 with 10 years of service earns $774 for one drill weekend.  Annual Training (AT) pay counts day for day, is computed the same as your active duty counterparts based upon the length of the training period, and includes any incentive pay you are entitled to receive.  Question:  Does the Selected Reserves have a G.I. Bill?  Answer:  Yes.  Members of the Selected Reserves are eligible for participation in the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program provided certain conditions are met.  More information about the MGIB-SR can be obtained under the education tab at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/selected_reserve.html Question:  If I affiliate with the Navy Reserve, where will I perform drills and Annual Training?  Answer:  Drills are typically performed at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) at which you have chosen to affiliate.  Annual Training (AT) can be performed locally within your geographical region, within the continental United States, or at many global locations around the world. By Cmdr. Roger Musselman Supply Corps Selected Reserve Career Counselor/Program Manager Navy Personnel Command