When one thinks of the Reserves, typically the first vision that comes to mind is wearing the uniform one weekend a month, and a two week paid training period away from your civilian job. More recently, though, you may have worked with a Reservist while on an IA or GSA and better understand the challenges and benefits of being a Reserve officer. The challenges of balancing a civilian career, family commitment, and a Navy Reserve career can be substantial, as well as beneficial. A Reserve career can involve mobilizations and other periods of active duty away from your family and civilian job. Benefits include, but are not limited to: medical benefits, life insurance, education and reserve retirement.
If you are considering leaving active duty, you should think about continuing your Navy career in the Reserve. The Supply Corps (SC) Reserve has the same core competencies as the active SC: Operational/Expeditionary Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Acquisitions. There are plenty of opportunities in the SC Reserves, which have units/billets in most states. Units within commands such as Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG), Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUPFLC) and Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), just to name a few.
The Career Transition Officer (CTO) provides officers leaving active duty assistance in transitioning to civilian life, and will provide guidance regarding the benefits of serving in the Reserves, as well as preparing and coordinating all required documentation. The CTO will provide each officer a Transition Assistant (TA) who will contact them prior to their separation to assist them with the process.
There are significant benefits for Navy veterans and their dependents. Officers currently serving on active duty, who would like more information about NR programs and opportunities, should contact the CTO at (901) 874-4192 or email@example.com or visit the NPC website. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding affiliating with the Reserves.
What are the responsibilities of a drilling Reservist?
The Navy Reserve (NR) provides support to the active component (AC). Navy Reservists are required to complete a minimum of 48 drills (four 4-hour drills per month, typically done one weekend per month); and 12 to 14 days of AT each fiscal year, and maintain mobilization readiness. The NR is very different from active duty (AD). While on AD, members are on-call 24/7, thus AD service becomes the main priority. Whereas, the Reserves are part-time allowing for greater flexibility for other priorities in life.
How does one become a NR officer?
Navy officers leaving active duty on favorable terms will typically be offered a Reserve Oath of Office. Those officers who have already completed their MSO may or may not choose to join the NR. The CTO will assist officers who initially join the IRR with joining the Reserves up to six months after their separation date. Any time after six months, officers can only affiliate via a Navy recruiter. Officers who do not sign a Reserve Oath of Office have up to three years to request reappointment, IAW MILPERSMAN 1131-040.
Can Selected Reserve (SELRES) affiliation be delayed?
No, not unless the member is willing to forego TAMP medical benefits and GI Bill TEB, if applicable. However, once a member is affiliated they may arrange authorized absences with their Reserve unit leadership to assist in their transition timeline. CTO will not delay a member’s affiliation past their separation date unless there are extenuating circumstances beyond the member’s and/or the CTO’s control.
What are the benefits of affiliating into the SELRES?
The benefits available to members in the SELRES are significant. Please review the CTO Benefits website for more information.
How much is Reserve pay?
Please refer to the most recent military pay chart. Pay is based on several factors such as pay grade, time in service, and number of drills performed.
Example: An O-3 with six years of service can expect to earn $180.51/drill period or $11,191.62/year in drill pay for 48 drills [one drill period = four hours; calculations are based on four drill periods per month (morning and afternoon each day)] and 14 days of AT (each count as one day of AD). These figures do not include any other allowances/entitlements.
Where are drills and annual training (AT) performed?
Drills are typically performed at the unit/command and Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC). AT can be performed within the continental United States, or other locations around the world.
How much is a Reserve retirement?
In order to earn a Reserve retirement, members need to have a minimum of 20 qualifying years of service. What is a qualifying year? Members must earn a minimum of 50 points per anniversary year. The Navy calculates a Reserve retirement paycheck based on how many points are earned throughout the member’s Navy career. For more information, please visit the Reserve retirement website. Active status members earn most of their participation points per anniversary year by completing 48 drills (24 days) and 14 AT days.
Is there an involuntary mobilization deferment available?
Yes! Per NAVADMIN 007/07, individuals who affiliate with the NR within six months (183 days) or between seven and 12 months (184-365 days) of release from AD, qualify for two- and one-year deferments, respectively, from involuntary mobilization.
What is TAMP and how do I qualify for it?
TAMP is the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) which provides 180 days of premium-free transitional health care benefits after regular TRICARE benefits end. Members must affiliate with the SELRES the next day after separation from AD with no break in participation. Members will be automatically enrolled in TRICARE Standard (however TRICARE Prime can be requested). Refer to http://www.tricare.mil/TAMP for more details.
For further questions or inquiries, please contact the Reserve SC Career Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 901-874-4621.
By Cmdr. Roger Musselman, SC, USN; Reserve Component Supply Corps Program Manager and Career Counselor