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NEWS | Jan. 30, 2021

TNR Almanac: Pay, Drill and Orders

By CNRF Public Affairs


Navy Reserve Sailors receive pay allowances for part-time service to the Navy. Reserve pay, also called “drill pay,” is based on a prorated amount of pay and allowances received while serving on Active Duty. Drill pay is authorized for various types of Inactive Duty Training and is equal to 1/30th of the basic pay prescribed for a Sailor’s grade and years of service. When on orders serving in an active duty status, Reserve members are entitled to the same pay and allowances and benefits received by Sailors in the active component of equivalent rank, time in service and qualifications. Visit the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) website for the most current pay and allowance information at MilitaryMembers/payentitlements/Pay-Tables/

INCENTIVE PAY - BONUS Visit the Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) N112 website for the most current Accession, Affiliation and Retention bonus policies and regulations at N112/SitePages/Home.aspx



IDT periods, also known as drills, are typically performed on a unit’s scheduled IDT weekend each month. One paid IDT period is four hours and one non-paid IDT period is two hours. A typical drill weekend consists of four IDT periods (two on Saturday, two on Sunday) and equals four days of basic pay. IDTs can be rescheduled when required due to conflict with another training, orders assignment or needs of the Navy. Reserve Sailors need to complete 40 of 48 drill periods for a satisfactory Reserve participation year.


IDTTs serve the same purpose as IDTs except IDTTs include authorized funding for travel. This drill type allows non-local Reserve members to attend unit drill periods or training at alternate drill sites.  


AFTPs are available to personnel in the aviation community solely for the performance of flight duties. These drills are not distributed outside aviation commands.


ATPs are additional paid IDT periods for specific units/billets to support a unit’s specified mobilization mission. Unlike IDT periods, ATPs are discretionary, which allows Reserve Program Directors (RPD) the ability to provide additional support to their operational commands.


RMPs are additional paid IDT used to support day-to-day unit operations and to accomplish unit administration, training preparation, support activities, and maintenance functions. RMP cannot be performed on the same day as any other IDT and only one RMP may be credited per day.


IDT-R is designed to increase operational unit readiness and maximize participation in direct support of the Unit Mobilization Unit Identification Codes (UMUIC)/supported commands. This drill period format authorizes reimbursement, up to $500 per drill weekend (round trip), for qualifying travel expenses incurred when eligible participants travel from their residence to drill at their assigned (supported command) drill location. Reimbursable travel expenses include transportation, lodging (exclusive of lodging provided at the IDT location), and meals to/from the qualifying drill location.

Reserve Sailors may be eligible for IDT-R, depending on their rating, billet assignment, assigned unit and distance from their RUIC. The following skillsets have been identified as being critical:

•    HMs assigned to all USMC units
•    IS/CTs (CNIFR units)
•    Aviation maintenance ratings (CNAFR squadrons)
•    Any enlisted rating assigned to an MSF Unit
•    Any enlisted rating assigned to an NSW Unit
•    Commissioned unit CO, XO, OIC, CMC, CSC or SEL serving in a confirmed leadership billet at CNAFR, CNIFR, NSW or CRS units/dets

IDT-R is a voluntary program and Sailors may continue to participate as long as they maintain eligibility. Up to 12 round-trip travel reimbursements are authorized per fiscal year. Interested SELRES must meet the following eligibility requirements:

•    Home of residence located 150 miles or more from eligible billet assignment
•    Be in a qualifying rating, leadership coded billet and/or hold a qualifying NEC that matches their billet assignment
•    Be assigned to an eligible billet (associated with qualifying Reserve Unit Identification Code (RUIC))

IDTT and IDT-R are separate funding vehicles for travel associated with drilling, and per the JTR (Joint Travel Regulations), they cannot be combined. IDTT is authorized to travel from the SELRES’ assigned NRA to a separate training site. (e.g. Seabees travel from local NRCs to training site in Gulfport, MS). IDT-R is authorized for travel from home to assigned NRA, which is collocated with  drilling location (e.g. CNAFR Squadrons, CNIFR JRICs, CRS Boats). 

Additional information related to eligibility specifics and program guidance is contained in COMNAVRESFORNOTE 5420 and includes qualifying ratings, NECs and eligible units/billets. All eligible members are highly encouraged to participate and apply as soon as possible through the IDT-R sign-up site via the Navy Reserve Homeport:



Enhanced Drill Management (EDM) is an automated Navy Reserve drill management function in the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS). EDM is a Navy Reserve self-service module used to process drill participation records, pay and retirement points associated with regular, flexible, additional (IDT) periods (for pay or non-pay) and funeral honors duty. EDM also includes the capability to record and adjudicate unit musters. EDM may be accessed through NSIPS member self-service.

EDM user training is available on the NSIPS homepage via the EDM tutorial Job Performance Aids (JPA) link. Please contact your unit EDM administrator with questions or concerns.


The Navy Reserve Order Writing System (NROWS) is the single source for putting a Reserve Sailor on Annual Training (AT), Active Duty for Training (ADT) orders. It incorporates the orders application process with an automated approval work flow and the delivery of official orders.

AT -  Selected Reserve personnel must perform 12-14 days AT/ ADT each fiscal year (FY) as scheduled by the unit Commanding Officer (CO) and per COMNAVRESFORCOMNOTE 1001 (FY Force Execution Guidance).

ADT - A period of active duty intended to enhance or refresh existing skills that support military operations or future mobilizations, supporting a specific training requirement and assisting a command that has ADT funding available.

Orders support Navy mission requirements for which no permanent duty billet or position is programmed and where active duty personnel with the required skills are not reasonably available. Orders are issued for a duration of 30 days or more in length and do not exceed 365 days (including the period required for processing onto active duty and release from active duty) and do not cross fiscal years.


Definite recall of SELRES personnel, both officer and enlisted, is intended to be a constructive part of a Navy Reserve member’s career. Definite recall is voluntary and temporary. Generally these orders range from 12 to 36 months in length.

Indefinite recall of Reserve officers is voluntary, permanent and designed as a career active duty program. It is intended to afford qualified and interested SELRES and TAR officers the opportunity to be considered for a permanent component change from the Reserve to active-duty.

SELRES can find AT, ADT, and ADOS opportunities on ZipServe, a Force-wide advertising portal for volunteer Reservist support. ZipServe can be found under applications on the Navy Reserve Homeport, or by using the direct link: zipserve/#home

Check in to the gaining command by the “no later than” date on your orders.  Seek out the Command Pay/ Personnel Administrator (CPPA) to have your orders endorsed and submitted for processing and to discuss check out timelines and procedures. AT/ADT orders are electronically endorsed and processed for pay via NSIPS AT/ADT eMuster. Reserve Sailors are able to view the status of their eMuster check-in, check-out and pay clerk processing in their Self-Service NSIPS account


Do you have a pay issue? Help is available. First, be sure you understand the steps you are responsible to address. Talk with your unit leadership and seek assistance from your Navy Reserve Center (NRC) or supported Command Pay Personnel Administrator (CPPA). If an issue cannot be resolved at your command level, your command leadership will submit an escalation of support request to the Navy Reserve Region Readiness and Mobilization Command (REDCOM) level. Continue to engage and work with your leadership until the pay issue is resolved.


Immediately communicate any pay delays to your unit and NRC leadership. If pay issues cannot be resolved by your Navy Reserve Activity, the NRA will escalate the issue to their respective REDCOM/Wing.


The Reserve Force is fully integrated with Navy Personnel Command’s MNCC. This integration has expanded reserve influence, knowledge, and advocacy within MNCC to resolve pay issues. The NRA CPPA/Pay Clerks are the primary point of contact to resolve reserve pay issues.

Additionally, all Reserve Echelon IV commands are engaged in the MNCC Tier II advocacy and resolution process for their respective NRAs.

Not every issue necessitates the generation of an MNCC trouble ticket. NRAs will continue to make every effort to resolve pay issues locally, utilizing available systems prior to submitting an MNCC trouble ticket. If it is determined that an issue cannot be resolved at the NRA/Ech IV-level, or an NSIPS trouble ticket has not resolved the issue, the NRA CPPA/Pay Clerk will escalate the issue by submitting an MNCC email trouble ticket following the requirements of ALNAVRESFOR 06/22.

Submission of robust and accurate initial trouble ticket (TT) submissions are absolutely critical, as they enable/ expedite reviews, resolution, and the ability to get our Sailors paid. That said, reserve unit leadership and Sailors need to coordinate and partner with NRA CPPA/Pay Clerks throughout the process. The expectation is that the NRA CPPA/Pay Clerk will submit TTs on behalf of Sailors with all required supporting documents and background information, to ensure cases are actionable upon receipt.


Department of Defense policy directs that the Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) will be used as the primary payment method for all costs related to official government travel (military or civilian). For most Reserve Sailors, use of the GTCC is not authorized for travel on Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. At the start of such orders, the NRA will work with Mobilization and Demobilization Support Center (formerly ECRC) to send the member on government travel.

Some extended orders may be listed as Mission Critical PCS. This status applies to individual billed account (IBA) GTCC accounts while a Sailor is traveling to a new permanent duty station. Mission Critical PCS allows travelers more time to pay charges during a PCS move.

Be aware of mission requirements when traveling. The standard credit limit for a GTCC is $7,500. Depending on your financial situation, members may be issued a restricted GTCC with a credit limit of $4,500. Communicate early with your gaining command before initiating orders to get a clear picture of future expenses. Credit limits may be increased if required. If you anticipate a required credit limit increase, contact the command Agency Program Coordinator (APC) under whose hierarchy you reside.

If a delinquency is anticipated and it’s due to no fault of your own, contact your APC for potential relief. For more information on the GTCC program, contact your command APC. To create a CitiDirect user account visit: Citibank customer service: CONUS: 1-800-200-7056 OCONUS: 757-852-9076


Your GTCC is a valuable and simple means to manage your travel expenses. But it also comes with responsibilities and misuse can lead to disciplinary actions. Follow these rules for proper GTCC use and be sure to keep in contact with your command’s Agency Program Coordinator to stay up to date on how you can travel GTCC smart.


• Use your GTCC to pay for official travel expenses
• Obtain ATM official travel advances up to $250 if authorized
• Track your expenses
• File travel claims within five days after you complete your trip or every 30 days if you are on continuous travel
• Ensure split disbursement is properly used to have appropriate travel claim reimbursement
• Submit payment in full for each monthly bill
• Follow your bank’s dispute process for incorrect charges
• Keep your account information up to date and accurate
• Check in and out with your command Agency Program Coordinators and complete required online training


• Use your GTCC for personal use
• Obtain travel advances through the ATM which exceed your expected expenditures for a trip
• Obtain travel advances through the ATM unless you are on travel or will be on travel within three business days
• Allow your monthly bill to become overdue
• Wait for receipt of your monthly bill to file your travel claim
• Make late payments that could result in GTCC suspension