What if you have more time available to offer the Navy Reserve after you have completed your 12-14 days of Annual Training (AT) and your 48 Inactive Duty Training (IDT) periods? Are their other drill options available to continue to serve through the rest of the year? Aside from Active Duty for Training (ADT) orders, there are a few additional drill options available for Reserve Sailors.
ADDITIONAL FLIGHT TRAINING PERIODS (AFTP)
As the name implies, these drills are available to the aviation community and only for the performance of flight duties and are not distributed outside of aviation commands.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING PERIODS (ATP)
ATPs are used the same as regular drill periods to accomplish any training not covered through the entitled 48 IDTs.
READINESS MANAGEMENT PERIODS (RMP)
RMPs are for administrative functions to support training and readiness of the unit.
Specific details on how each of these drills may be used can be found in the RESPERSMAN, 1570-020. Unlike IDT periods, which are entitlements, additional drills are discretionary. For that reason, your Operational Support Officers (OSO) use them to provide additional support to their operational command.
The U.S. Navy Awards website provides online access to your Navy awards as well information on the submission process.
Your awards are normally recorded on the website without any required input from you, but you should check to see if your awards record is complete and accurate.
Visit https://www.awards.navy.mil to view your awards. Talk with your NOSC awards coordinator for any changes or submissions.
C-WAY is a force management tool, balancing manning across rates, ratings, active component, Full Time Support (FTS) and the Reserve component through the Bureau of Naval Personnel’s (BUPERS) control reenlistment and enlistment contract extension quotas.
Through C-Way you can apply for rating, active component and FTS conversion opportunities. For more information, talk with your career counselor or visit https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/careercounseling/Pages/C-WAY.aspx.
Requests for a voluntary change of designator for Selected Reserve officers are adjudicated continuously by PERS-9. Procedures for requesting a change of designator are provided in:
BUPERSINST 1001.39F - MILPERSMAN 1212-010, 1212-020
Chaplains provide a wide spectrum of counsel, advice and pastoral care for service members and their families. They keep all of your communications in complete confidence unless you direct otherwise. They are naval officers who understand the challenges of Navy life and religious ministers available to help you grow in your faith.
Services are available to any Reserve Sailor or family member. Find out more through your command, or visit the Chaplains Corps website at https://www.navy.mil/local/chaplaincorps.
Maintaining family readiness is an important piece of a Reserve career. How your children are cared for while you are in a drilling status or on orders can be a complicated situation. Prior planning and education are critical in assisting our Reservists in gaining resources for childcare support. Ensure your Family Care Plan (see page 19) is up-to-date before heading out on active duty orders. Also ensure that your updated status reflects your profile’s tier group for childcare priority.
Learn more about assistance and resources available to Reserve members through the Military One Source website at: www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/parenting-and-children/childcare/child-care-the-essentials
You can take advantage of local Community Recreation & Travel offices for discounted tickets to local attractions and vacations. Morale Welfare and Recreation’s Tickets & Travel offer tickets to parks, museums, movie theaters, concerts and theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios.
For more information on discounts available to you, visit your installation CRTT office (it may also be referred to as MWR or Leisure Travel Service). If you’re not located close to an installation, visit them online at https://www.navymwr.org/.
A cross-assigned (CA) Sailor is any Sailor who is assigned a billet that is not within their local area, i.e. >100 mile radius from their home of record. CA Sailors have two separate chains of command, an Administrative Command (TRUIC) and an Operational Command (UMUIC). Cross-Assignments will be made between similar units and/or within Reserve programs to the greatest extent possible (Naval Construction Forces, Costal Riverine Squadrons, Aviation Squadrons, Expeditionary Medicine, etc).
The Administrative Command (TRUIC) is responsible for the Sailor’s monthly drill periods and maintains administrative and mobilization readiness (PFA, medical/dental and training). CA Sailors will be assigned to a local unit that is best suited to provide mobilization readiness training in support of their assigned billet, or to the local Operational Support Unit (OSU) attached to the NRA closest to member’s home of record.
The Operational Command (UMUIC) is responsible for the execution of Annual Training (AT)/Active Duty for Training (ADT)/IDTT opportunities as well as quarterly annual individual training plans (ITP). The UMUIC benefits from CA Sailors by being able to fill open billets when there are no local Sailors available to be assigned. Cross-assignment also benefits Sailors to ensure they are in a billet to maintain skills sets to stay mobilization ready and have leadership and mentorship support.
All cross-assigned Sailors should expect to perform their Annual Training with the UMUIC. It is also likely that a CA Sailor will be expected to drill at least quarterly with the UMUIC utilizing IDTT, assuming that funding is available. It is vitally important when applying for cross-assignment billets to review the drill requirements under “Job Description” in MNA or JOAPPLY as appropriate. This is where commands are encouraged to clearly state their expectations for CA Sailors who are assigned to the unit.
**For Commisioned/Operational Units (i.e. NCHB, CRS, EMF) FITREPS/EVALs are the responsibility of the Operational Command, regardless of cross-assigned status.**
Regular Reporting Senior for Navy Reserve Unit Personnel
Members of commissioned/operational Navy Reserve units, which includes OICs and members of subordinate detachments will be reported on by the CO of the commissioned/operational unit or the delegated reporting senior in the chain of command. The CO is the IDT regular reporting senior for all subordinate personnel in a local or cross assigned in status. The reporting senior for members who are IAP in a commissioned or operational unit detachment will be the detachment OIC or other person as assigned in the member’s IDT orders. TRUIC COs for members who are cross-assigned out to commissioned or operational Navy Reserve units should submit PIMs to the operational unit CO for Sailors who provide support to the TRUIC and or NRA when not performing duties at the operational unit.
Members of non-commissioned/augment Navy Reserve units will be reported on by the Navy Reserve augment unit CO. The regular reporting senior for cross-assigned SELRES is the CO of the member’s training unit. All locally assigned or cross assigned out, as well as IAP, personnel will be reported on by that officer, that officer’s successor or delegated reporting senior, or other person assigned as reporting senior in the IDT orders.
Regular INACT duty Periodic reports should include all IDT (drill) and inactive duty for training and travel (IDTT) activities performed in the reporting period. INACT duty Periodic reports may also mention AT/ADT performed during the reporting period. When AT/ADT is included on Regular reports, block 41 or 43 should clearly differentiate duties performed with the assigned UIC in block 6 from those performed on the AT/ADT. If the AT/ADT is described on a PIM, the Regular report should include information detailed in the PIM.
TRUIC and UMUIC reporting seniors should follow procedures in chapter 4 to submit INACT duty Concurrent reports on their shared cross-assigned members to recognize those who significantly support their TRUIC or UMUIC billets via AT/ADT and or IDT/IDTT. Cross-assigned members in non-commissioned/augment units who perform the majority of their IDT drills with their UMUIC may receive a Concurrent/Regular report per paragraph 4-8.
Endorsement as Concurrent/Regular Report
A Concurrent report may be endorsed as Concurrent/Regular at the discretion of the Regular reporting senior to fulfill a member’s annual periodic report requirement per the following criteria:
Being a Reservist isn’t an easy job — you’re required to complete all of your military requirements while balancing work and family. It’s not easy for employers either — knowing they might lose a great employee for an extended period of time. To help, the military uses ESGR as a resource to inform and educate service members and their civilian employers about the rights and responsibilities of all parties affected by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
Since USERRA is law, there are parts of the legislation that protect both the employee and the employer. First, to be eligible for protection under USERRA after uniformed military service, service members must report back to work or apply for reemployment within the following guidelines.
• 1-30 days of service: Report next scheduled work day
• 31-180 days of service: Apply within 14 days following completion of service
• 181+ days of service: Apply within 90 days following completion of service
Employers are required to provide the following to returning employees, where applicable:
• Reinstatement of health insurance
• Prompt reinstatement into job following military service
• Training or retraining of job skills
• Accumulation of seniority, including pension benefits
• Protection against discrimination
If the employee is absent from a position of civilian employment by reason of service in the uniformed services, he or she is eligible for reemployment under USERRA by meeting the following.
• The employer had advance notice of the employee’s service
• The employee returns to work in accordance with USERRA guidelines
• The employee has not been separated from service with a disqualifying discharge or under other than honorable conditions
EDM is the Navy Reserve self-service drill management program used to process drill participation records, and pay and points associated with regular, flexible, additional Inactive Duty Training (IDT) periods (for pay or non-pay), and funeral honors duty. EDM also includes the capability to record and adjudicate unit musters.
Access EDM through NSIPS member self-service at:
User training is available on the NSIPS homepage by accessing the Command Job Performance Aids (JPA) link. Please contact your EDM administrator if you have questions or need assistance.
Reserve enlisted assignments are conducted via MyNavy Assignment (MNA). MNA is a web-based application that allows Sailors who are within their orders negotiation window to research, apply for jobs, and to communicate assignment preferences to the Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) Reserve Assignment Coordinators (RACs).
MNA Reserve Schedule
The MNA Reserve schedule follows a quarterly cycle and is located on the MNA homepage at mynavyassignment.navy.mil. There are three phases during the MNA cycle that affect Sailors who are within their orders negotiation window.
MNA displays available billets and allows Sailors to submit applications for billets they are qualified to fill. Sailors may submit up to seven applications per cycle. By utilizing the comments section, Sailors can communicate directly to the unit and RAC and should utilize this function to provide necessary details for assignment.
Reserve commands view, rank and comment on applications submitted for their unit. Command comments are vital to the selection process as it provides RACs with further details of command needs/requirements.
Selection/Directed Assignment Phase
RACs review applications and select the best fit candidate for the specified billet. Once selections are complete, RACs begin the directed assignment phase during which Sailors who are in a needs-of-the-Navy status are directed into available billets based on their rate/rank and job qualifications.
Local Assignment Request
Local assignment requests allow Sailors who are Cross-Assigned Out (CAO) and desiring a local billet to apply for local assignment during the application phase, regardless of their PRD window. Sailors who are CAO desiring a local billet must use the "request local placement" function on their MNA homepage. Once the request has been submitted, MNA will lift the PRD gate and allow Sailors to apply for local billets via the job search tab. Please note, this is a two-part process and will not be seen by RACs unless both steps are completed. This function is only available during the MNA application phase.
Training Reserve Unit Identification Code (TRUIC) Change Request
TRUIC changes are completed when a Sailor desires to transfer from their current drill site or between units within their Navy Reserve Activity (NRA). There are several reasons why this would happen: relocation, rate training or Reserve Program Code (RPC) alignment with their CAO unit. TRUIC Changes are conducted via the Reserve Force Manpower Tools (RFMT) website and must be submitted by the Sailor’s NRA for processing. Direct individual requests submitted via MNA are not valid and will be disapproved/redirected to the NRA for submission via RFMT.
The Reserve enlisted assignments program is governed by RESPERSMAN M-1001.5 (CH-13), Articles 1000-1300. For specific policy guidance please visit mynrh.navy.mil > References > Navy Reserve Instructions.
ECRC provides administration, training, equipping and transportation for all Individual Augmentee personnel and also manages the mobilization of Reserve Component Sailors returning to active duty. From the moment a Sailor departs their home station, whether it is a Navy Operational Support Center or parent command, ECRC works to support Sailors and their families during the tour of duty.
During mobilization processing, Sailors will conduct the many steps necessary to return to active duty and ensure the screening required for their assigned mission has been completed. Mobilization Processing normally consists of five days with ECRC at Naval Station Norfolk. ECRC is responsible for this transition and ensuring the Sailors being sent forward are fully trained and qualified.
ECRC RESERVE MOBILIZATION SCHEDULE
Your experience at ECRC may vary — even your ECRC location, as some mobilization trainings are handled at a remote site — but here is a typical schedule of events to expect as you head out on mob.
• Arrival/check in
• OIC welcome
• OSC/chaplain brief
• PSD and Legal brief
• Fleet & Family Services brief
• Uniform fitting
• ECRC IA overview
• Medical/dental brief
• EDHA if required
• Medical/dental/PSD processing
• Follow ups
• Medical/dental/PSD processing
• Gas mask fitting
• Medical/dental/PSD processing
• Specialty appointments
• Travel claims
• Transportation briefing
• Gear turn in (as required)
• Post-Deployment Medical Screening
• DD-214 Appointments
• VA brief
• WTP Lite (as required)
• TAPS (as required)
The duration of your demobilization process can vary. It could be as short as a few days to as long as a couple weeks depending on whether you are required to complete the WTP and TAPS programs.
ECRC assigns Action Officers (AOs) to IA Sailors and provisional units grouped by mission. AOs review missions and training pipelines and communicate directly with IA Sailors throughout the mobilization process to ensure that IAs are fully ready to deploy both medically and administratively. AOs can answer questions about the upcoming mission, including contact information in theater, and provide the peace of mind of knowing that Sailors have a Navy advocate to guide them through the transition into their Individual Augmentee missions.
ECRC also provides Navy Liaison Officer (LNO) teams to provide direct assistance to Sailors at pre-deployment training sites. LNOs update Sailor information used to support students and family members during student training and deployment. LNOs assist with berthing, pay issues, communications, scheduling, uniforms, transportation, documentation, surveys, database updates and information archives.
Following the completion of all required training, Sailors will be transported to their ultimate duty station. Again, ECRC has personnel stationed forward to receive and direct inbound personnel, to coordinate temporary billeting, gear handling/ stowage and customs assistance and to ensure they arrive at their final destination. Outbound personnel receive the same support on their way to the Warrior Transition Program.
At the Warrior Transition Program, ECRC personnel assist redeploying Sailors in gear turn in, readjusting to “normal” operations, and transportation back to Norfolk for demobilization activities. ECRC provides transportation support by coordinating IA Sailors’ return home through the redeployment/demobilization process, helping Sailors get home expeditiously and safely.
For more information, talk with your Command IA coordinator or visit the ECRC website at https://www.public.navy.mil/NECC/ecrc/Pages/default.aspx.
A family care plan helps Reserve Sailors develop a workable plan for family care, establish procedural requirements, and outline legal options.
Reserve Sailors are required to ensure their dependents are cared for during deployments, Reserve mobilizations and temporary duty as well as at any other time during which the service member is unavailable.
A Family Care Plan is Required for:
• Single parents
• Dual military couples
• Assumption of legal responsibility as sole provider for an elderly, disabled or chronically sick family member
• Sailors in a blended family who have custody of a child or children from a prior relationship need to complete a family care plan, even if they have remarried and plan to have the new spouse care for the minor child during periods of absence.
• A plan may also be required for family members who have limited proficiency of the local language, or are unable to drive or otherwise gain access to basic life-sustaining facilities (e.g., food and medical care). For example, Sailors and their families who are assigned to an isolated location with a family member who has limited language or communication skills in that country of residence may require a family care plan.
Sailors who meet this criteria are required to submit a new or updated family care plan to their commanding officer within 60 days for active duty and 90 days for Reserve Sailors under the following circumstances:
• Upon change in personal or family circumstance
• Upon birth, adoption or assumption of legal guardianship of an elderly/disabled family member
• Upon change of previous caregiver
• Upon reporting to a new duty station
Family care plans should be updated annually, in addition to your Page 2 (NAVPERS 1070/602 Dependency Application/Record of Emergency Data).
• Dual military couples must each provide a family care plan consistent with their spouse’s plan
• Both service members shall maintain a copy of their family care plan with their respective commands
• In the event that a family care plan is not or cannot be established, NAVPERSCOM will determine which service member may be separated based on the needs of the Navy.
• Military mothers of newborns, including those who adopt, shall be deferred from travel away from their home station for four months following delivery. This provision is to assist the service member in developing a family care plan and to establish a pattern of childcare.
Fleet and Family Support Center is a one-stop shop for free parenting and life skill programs, financial counseling, deployment support, transition and employment assistance, relocation support, counseling and victim assistance, exceptional family member support, information and referral and many more programs to promote quality of life for military personnel and their families.
Specific eligibility requirements may be required for some services. Visit your nearest Fleet and Family Support Center for further information or online at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/ffr/family_readiness/fleet_and_family_support_program.html/
As a way to recognize civilian employers that go above and beyond and to ensure their employees are well-taken care of, the Secretary of Defense established the Freedom Award in 1996.
Nominations for the Freedom Award must come from a Guard or Reserve service member employed by the organization they are nominating. Family members can also submit nominations on behalf of the service member. Employers from all sectors of employment are encouraged for nomination (local, state and federal agencies are eligible). To nominate your employer, visit the Freedom Award page at https://www.freedomaward.mil/
Military Funeral Honors benefit you two ways. First, as a Reservist you’re entitled to be buried with military honors, which is a great honor. Our nation regards the memorializing of its military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. Second, you’re eligible to participate in funeral honors ceremonies, earning you drill pay and points for retirement. Navy military funeral honors is a total force mission – it takes Active-Duty personnel, Reservists, members of the National Guard and retirees.
Contact your NOSC’s funeral honors representative to learn how you can participate. For further clarification on eligibility, refer to DoD Instruction 1300.15 (military funeral honors support). You can also visit the National Archives at https://www.archives.gov/veterans, or call (314) 801-0800 for more information.
As a Reservist you qualify for educational assistance, as long as you meet the requirements – six years of service and 90 days of aggregate active-duty service after Sept. 10, 2001. The qualifying active-duty periods are mobilizations, Active Duty for Training, Active Duty for Special Work, and Active Duty for Operational Support. You’re also able to transfer your unused entitlements to your spouse or dependents, as long are they are enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System and are eligible for identification card benefits. Using and transferring your benefits isn’t difficult, but there are a number of steps you must complete to ensure you’re ready.
Step-by-step instructions and updates to the Forever GI Bill can be found at: www.mynrh.navy.mil > Commands > CNRFC > N-codes > N1C > N1C2 (CAC required)
You may also contact the post 9/11 hotline at 1-800-621-8853, or email cnrfc_post911GIBILL@navy.mil. More information on the Forever GI Bill can be found at. www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
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).
However, ADSW orders of 180 days or more — for Sailors who are not local to their ultimate duty station — are Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. For Reservists, GTCC is not authorized for travel on PCS orders. At the start of such orders, the NRA works with ECRC to send the member on government travel (usually SATO).
Be aware of mission requirements when traveling. The standard credit limit for a GTCC is $7,000. 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.
When checking in at your gaining command, verify the command has properly gained your GTCC under their hierarchy. Your card will typically transfer hierarchy to the command who is paying for your Reserve assignment.
If a delinquency is anticipated and it’s due to no fault of your own, contact your APC for potential relief.
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Most Sailors understand there are a maximum amount of years allowed for military service, known as high year tenure (HYT). And yet, it is not uncommon to meet a Reserve Sailor with more service stripes on their arm then what should perceivably be allowed.
HYT is based off of a Sailors Pay Entry Base date and includes all service in the active, Reserve and inactive components. Limiting service years based on rank serves as a management tool to properly shape and balance the Navy’s total force but there are exceptions allowing Reserve Sailors to serve extended careers past their HYT restrictions.
HYT WAIVERS AND VTU
The Voluntary Training Unit (VTU) offers Sailors a way to achieve qualifying years for retirement. VTU is a part of the Individual Ready Reserve, where Sailors must complete the same requirements as drilling Reservists to accrue retirement points and qualifying years, but without pay for drill periods.
Unlike the active component, Reserve Sailors could reach their HYT mark without being eligible for retirement pay due to insufficient drill points in a given year.
However, options are available to most Reserve Sailors in order to help them extend their service out to make up for lost years. Sailors can request an HYT waiver to remain in a paid billet, or request a transfer to the VTU. When E4 to E6 Reserve Sailors reach their HYT date they are able to request a transfer to the VTU to obtain 20 qualifying years for retirement.
With few exceptions, Sailors have 30 years (all service years including IRR) to complete their eligibility for retirement pay.
VTU TO SELRES
At times, VTU Sailors in certain rates may be eligible to apply for billets as a paid Reserve member through an HYT waiver and return to Selected Reservist status. The list of eligible rates is released quarterly and is available at:
HYT waivers can be requested and submitted through your NOSC command career counselor.
If your rate is not eligible for an HYT waiver, you may be able to utilize the Career Waypoint — conversion module. The Reserve enlisted community manager provides a monthly updated list of rates open to convert-in and convert-out of, providing cross-rating options.
For Sailors serving in an over-manned rate and facing advancement challenges or HYT deadlines, a change of rating may provide opportunities for continued career progression.
For more information, talk with your command career counselor or refer to MILPERSMAN 1160-120.
As a member of the armed services, you have an obligation to report things that undermine the integrity of the military. The Navy Reserve office of the Inspector General plays a critical role in helping the Navy Reserve maintain the highest level of integrity and public confidence. The IG inquires and reports on matters which affect the discipline and efficiency of the Navy. Matters which are appropriate for the IG to look into may be broadly placed under the heading of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.
The IG’s office is not always the most appropriate place to initiate a compliant or voice a concern. Typically, the chain of command and the informal resolution system (military) or the alternate dispute resolution system (civilian) act as the model for resolving conflict and reporting violations and improprieties.
Follow the four-step process located on the SECNAV IG website to determine the best place to start: https://www.secnav.navy.mil/ig/Pages/ComplaintProcedure.aspx
You can also call the toll-free hotline, 1-866-237-2298, or email email@example.com.
Being able to operate in joint environments is crucial to modern military success. The requirement for commissioned officers to be educated and experienced in joint matters was codified in the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986. The Joint Qualified System builds upon this historic legislation by providing a structure that recognizes the expeditionary and inherently joint nature of military operations in the 21st century. JQO is one of four JQS levels that provide a path for attaining joint qualifications through either a traditional joint duty assignment or by accumulating an equivalent level of joint experience, education and training over the course of a career.
For more information on JQO, visit: https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/officer/detailing/jointofficer/pages/default.aspx.
You are responsible for the submission of your own official transcripts to the Joint Services Transcript (JST) office.
If you have a completed/finished degree or earned college credits to document, ask your educational institution to send an official sealed transcript to the JST office. JST will not accept transcripts unless mailed by the institution.
JST also describes your military schooling and work history in civilian terms, as a standard form, making it easier for colleges to read and recommend credits. JST provides documented evidence to colleges and universities of professional military education, training and occupation experiences achieved by service members and veterans. JST translates military experience into civilian language and:
• Gives potential employers a chance to see the real-world value of your experience
• Allows academic counselors a better understanding of a military member’s skills
• Saves time and money by awarding academic credits for military experience
Visit https://jst.doded.mil for more information.
Reserve Sailors who accrue leave while serving on active duty for a period of more than 29 days have the option to carry forward unused leave between non-consecutive periods of active duty. A Page 13 request to carryover unused leave must be requested through your supported command’s Command Pay and Personnel Administrator (CPPA). If not requested, unused leave by default will be paid out, base pay without allowances minus taxes, to the member.
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The Navy’s legal assistance program promotes the increased readiness of active duty and Reserve Sailors and enhances the morale and quality of life for military personnel, dependents and other eligible clients through the provision of free, effective attorney advice, outreach programs, referral services and vigorous preventive law activities. If you’re on active duty for 30 days or more, then you are entitled to legal assistance. As resources permit, Reserve Sailors on active duty for single periods of 29 days or less may be provided legal assistance in emergency cases, or prior to events like a deployment or mobilization for 30 days or more.
Upon receipt of orders, Reserve personnel identified for mobilization to active duty (even for periods under 30 days) are eligible for pre-mobilization legal counseling and assistance. Pre-mobilization assistance typically consists of drafting or updating wills, advance medical directives and powers of attorney. Talk with your unit leadership to obtain information on legal assistance close to your NOSC. Don’t forget: Reserve Sailors identified for mobilization may seek help terminating home leases, staying (delaying) civil court proceedings, or help with other issues related to rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) at scra.dmdc.osd.mil/ and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act at
Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) provides you and your family (FSGLI) low-cost term life insurance coverage. Coverage is available in $50,000 increments up to a maximum of $400,000 for you, a maximum of $100,000 for your spouse and $10,000 for dependent children. Premiums are deducted from monthly pay automatically once enrollment has been completed.
To designate beneficiaries, or to reduce, decline or restore SGLI and FSGLI coverage, visit https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/ > select "Sign In" > select "log in with your CAC" > go to "Benefits" and select "Life Insurance (SOES-SGLI Enrollment System)."
The military takes great pride in providing access to formal military education, and there are numerous opportunities available for professional growth in the Navy Reserve. Some examples of available opportunities are in-residence programs offered through four major military war colleges, two-year blended learning programs through the Army War College, executive education programs, the Joint Combat Warfighting School, the Foreign Military Exchange Program and the Naval Postgraduate School’s defense-focused part-time executive master of business administration program.
Information about all military education and other competitive selection board Active Duty for Training funded opportunities can be obtained by visiting the CNRFC N77 SharePoint site at www.mynrh.navy.mil > commands > CNRFC > N-codes > N77 (view current announcements). Sailors who interested in receiving direct notification of advertisements should subscribe to GovDelivery in the link below announcements.
As a Reservist, you are eligible to use temporary military lodging facilities and resorts located across the U.S. and around the world. Military lodging facilities run the gamut from modern resorts to mountain cottages. There are limited-service hotels built specifically for families arriving at a new duty station as well as full-service recreational facilities.
There are a number of sites to visit for Military Lodging options. Two recommendations are the Armed Forces Vacation Club and Military One Source.
Visit www.afvclub.com and https://www.militaryonesource.mil/recreation-travel-shopping/travel/recreational-lodging for more information.
For DoD Lodging options, visit http://www.dodlodging.net/ or https://www.navy-lodge.com/.
Mobilizations requirements are managed by U.S. Fleet Forces. Fleet Forces (USFF) validates Navy-wide Individual Augmentee (IA) requirements in support of overseas contingency operations and assigns them to either the active or Reserve component to fill.
Requirements assigned to the Navy Reserve are sourced by Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) N35.
Both officer and enlisted Reserve Sailors are eligible to volunteer for mobilizations. Prior to volunteering, Sailors should ensure they are volunteering for a requirement for which they are fully qualified and for which they have chain of command approval. Mobilization opportunities are advertised on the ZipServe application.
The Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) is the Reserve Sailor’s primary point of contact once they are notified of selection for mobilization. Upon notification, Reserve Sailors should contact their NOSC’s mobilization department to start the pre-mobilization process as soon as possible.
NMCRS is a private non-profit charitable organization sponsored by the Navy and has been providing need-based financial assistance for Sailors, Marines and their families since 1904.
Reserve members are not eligible, with certain exception, for NMCRS services except when on active duty orders for 30 days or more. If you are experiencing financial hardship, NMCRS may be able to help. Talk with your command leadership and visit the NMCRS website at https://www.nmcrs.org/.
Coordinate with your gaining command on mission and order dates. Discuss your order intentions with your local training unit (TRUIC) chain of command. Determine if government quarters and messing are available at the orders location.
Log into NSIPS to verify your Page 2 — Record of Emergency and Dependency Application (RED/DA) — is current and has been verified within 12 months of your orders end date. Update or establish a Family Care Plan if applicable.
Ensure you have a current Physical Health Assessment (PHA) and your medical and dental requirements are up to date.
Coordinate with your Navy Reserve Activity (NRA) and gaining command security manager on clearance requirements to ensure required Joint Personal Adjudication System (JPAS) visit requests are submitted.
REQUEST ORDERS ►MOB/RECALL
Request orders through N35 home page.
Route a Navy Reserve Order Writing System (NROWS) orders application with mission details provided from your gaining command. Track progress of the request in NROWS during routing to identify and resolve any hard holds or delays.
BACK TO BACK ORDERS ►AT/ADT/IDTT
Determine with your NOSC and gaining command if there is a possibility you will require back to back orders.
Once orders are fund approved, complete your Defense Travel System (DTS) travel authorization, keeping in mind lodging and messing availability as discussed with your gaining command.
Track the status of your DTS travel authorization. DTS will send emails updating you on the approval status.
The week prior to your orders travel start date, contact Agency Program Coordinator at your NRA to ensure your Government Travel Credit Card (GTCC) is turned on.
If at a week prior you haven’t received an itinerary, check on your DTS approval status with your NRA.
BOOKED vs TICKETED ►AT/ADT/IDTT
Booked travel is not the final step in the ticketing process. Booked simply means travel reservations have been submitted. Verify your travel has been approved and ticketed — at least three days before travel start date — by checking online at www.cwtsatotravel.com.
Find the “Travel Office Locator” on the left side of the screen > Choose “Military/Dept of Defense” > Type NASJRB New Orleans in the text box and click “Search” > Select the appropriate office from the list of available links. You will be automatically directed to the webpage for the CWTSato office responsible for handling your travel. You may also click the “Advanced Location Form” link below the Search button of the Travel Office locator > Scroll down and click the “Itinerary/Invoice Request” box > Provide the required information on the form, to include a government email address, and then click “Submit”.
Verify the invoice has been paid.
UNDERWAY — SHIFT COLORS
Travel to orders location
RENTAL CAR ►AT/ADT/IDTT
If a rental car was requested, authorized and approved, the rental reservation information will be listed on your SATO itinerary. Unauthorized rental cars will not be reimbursed.
If your ticketed itinerary needs to be adjusted for any reason, CONTACT SATO. If you make any changes directly with the VENDOR, additional costs above what the government would have paid cannot be reimbursed.
LODGING CHECK IN
Arrive at government lodging. A Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA) is required if you stay anywhere but government lodging. Lodging is not a personal choice and you are directed to utilize government lodging when available. CNAs for DTS travelers are issued at the same time lodging is reserved in DTS. While the CNA is normally received digitally, it is recommended to obtain a copy of the CNA record number from the government lodging location.
PCS ORDERS ►MOB/RECALL
If your orders call for a Permanent Change of Station (PCS), you will establish a local residence at the orders location.
Check in to gaining command by the “no later than” date listed on your orders. Seek out the Command Pay/Personnel Administrator (CPPA) to have your orders endorsed and submitted for processing. Ensure the CPPA understands orders and supported documents are to be submitted for pay on your first day upon arrival.
If orders are for more than 30 days, a Page 13 must be submitted stating your intent to carry over or sell back any acquired leave and also a Family Separation Allowance form DD1561 (if applicable) must be submitted as detailed in the Navy Pay and Personnel Support Center’s (NPPSC) 1571/1 orders checklist.
GET TO WORK
Complete the mission (make us proud).
On the day prior to the end of your orders, speak with your gaining command’s CPPA to discuss check out procedures. The CPPA will need to endorse your orders and list the Transaction Online Processing System (TOPS) number — the payment transaction confirmation number— as well as the CPPA’s email and direct phone number.
It is also strongly recommended that you obtain a backup point of contact for the CPPA — as in the gaining command’s admin chief.
TRAVEL CLAIM ►AT/ADT/IDTT
Upon arriving home — within 5 days of your return — submit your DTS travel voucher along with all receipts and CNAs for split payment to your GTCC.
Track your voucher approval in DTS.
Once your travel voucher has been approved, check that payment has been made to your GTCC. Pay off any remaining balance on the card.
OFFICIAL MILITARY PERSONNEL FILE (OMPF)
Your OMPF is a record of documents on your accession, training, education, performance, discipline, decorations and awards, assignments, duties, casualty status and separation/retirement from the Navy.
You can download and print service record documents at https://www.bol.navy.mil > Official Military Personnel File (OMPF
OMPF SUBMISSIONS AND CORRECTIONS
Your servicing personnel office or Training Support Center (TSC) is the primary, and recommended, way to submit documents and changes to OMPF. However, you can submit corrections or missing documents as long as they meet the following requirements.
• If required, the document must be the original signed version
• The document must be actual size
• If the document is a copy, such as an award citation; ensure it is legible and printed in black and white
• Ensure the document does not contain Privacy Act information on another service member
• Do not duplicate information already in your OMPF record
• Your complete SSN should be recorded on the document. If not, handwrite your SSN in the upper left corner
• Faxed or emailed documents are not accepted.
For missing EVAL and FITREP corrections contact PERS-32 at: firstname.lastname@example.org - (866) 827-5672 - (901) 874-4881/4882/3313.
Navy Personnel Command PERS-32
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-3201
ELECTRONIC SERVICE RECORD (ESR)
Your ESR is the official source documenting your pay and personnel information through the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS). Ultimately, your record is your responsibility. Be sure to regularly look through your documentation in NSIPS and talk with your unit and NOSC leadership to ensure your information is correct and up-to-date.
Your ESR is not the same as your OMPF (see below). However, when your reenlist, the applicable documents in your ESR are closed out and submitted to your OMPF. This is important because selection board members only have access to your OMPF record when considering candidates for advancement or special programs. Keep this in mind if there are documents you want board members to consider — unless you recently reenlisted, documents missing from your OMPF will need to be submitted to the board manually.
A good practice is to review your ESR a couple months prior to reenlisting to ensure the OMPF close out and submission process is delivering correct information. View your ESR data at https://nsipsprod-sdni.nmci.navy.mil.
Physical fitness is a major part of readiness. Visit https://www.navyfitness.org for help along your fitness journey and for help preparing for the Physical Fitness Assessment. Download the official Navy PFA app at www.applocker.navy.mil
The Physical Readiness Information Management System (PRIMS), available at https://www.bol.navy.mil > PRIMS, provides access to your official physical fitness record.
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 NOSC or supported Command Pay Personnel Administrator (CPPA). If an issue can not be resolved at your command level, your command leadership will submit an escalation of support request to the Regional Component Command level. My Navy Career Center (MNCC) is available to support CPPAs, RESPAY leads and Reserve Sailors 24/7 at 833-330-MNCC (6622) or email@example.com.
In accordance with ALNAVRESFOR 017/19, Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) Reserve Pay Assistance Team (RPAT) is also here to help. We have a dedicated team working to assist Reserve members with finding resolutions to pay issues.
To submit a trouble ticket go to the RPAT MyNRH SharePoint page at private.navyreserve.navy.mil/cnrfc/N-Codes/N1/CNRFC_N11/SitePages/Home.aspx, click on the Red Stop Sign button that says “RPAT Assistance, Click Here.” Please only submit one issue per ticket.
SPACE-A travel is available to you as a Reservist. Traveling by military aircraft can save you a tremendous amount of money if you’re flexible — military flights can be unpredictable and subject to delays and cancellations. You will need to be ready both financially and emotionally to change plans at a moment’s notice, but for many Space-A passengers, traveling to places like Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, Italy or Japan at little or no cost is worth the effort.
You can find the locations DoD-controlled flights leave from at http://spacea.net/misc-space-links. Flight schedules can be found at https://www.spacea.net/social. Additionally, check out the following sites for specific information about traveling as a Reservist: https://www.spacea.net/faqs/spacea-eligibility.
TSP is one of the three parts of your retirement entitlement, your pension and social security being the other two. TSP provides more benefits than retirement though. With TPS you pay very low administrative and investment related expenses, you can make catch-up contributions, there are multiple fund investment options, and you can also take out TSP loans and make withdrawals.
The good news is if you are a FERS employee and you were hired after July 31, 2010, you are automatically enrolled in the TSP, and 3% of your basic pay is deducted from your paycheck each pay period and deposited in the traditional balance of your TSP account. That is unless you have made an election to change or stop your contributions. To check your balance and explore more TSP benefits, visit the TSP website at www.tsp.gov.
As a Reservist, you have access to medical and dental insurance in the form of TRICARE Reserve Select (healthcare) and TRICARE Dental. These insurance options are premium-based health and dental care that you can purchase to cover you and your family. As long as you’re not on orders, covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program, or working for the federal government in a capacity that enrolls under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, then you can take advantage of these benefits. More information is available at https://www.tricare.mil/FormsClaims/Forms/Enrollment/TRS_TRR
To verify eligibility, visit www.mydodbenefits.dmdc.mil. You and your family members must be registered in DEERS to be eligible for TRICARE. Visit a uniformed services identification card issuing facility to register family members.
USMAP allows you to obtain a certificate of completion from the U.S. Department of Labor by documenting work experience during military service. Apprenticeships expand career options, build on military experience and can qualify you for a better civilian job with significantly higher pay. Each apprenticeship trade requires from 2,000 and 8,000 hours of on-the-job work and formal classroom instruction (A or C schools). There are specific requirements to participate in USMAP. To learn more, visit usmap.netc.navy.mil.
Veterans Affairs, known as the VA, helps service members, veterans and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. As part of their mission to serve you, they provide a loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help you buy, build, repair, retain or adapt a home for your own personal occupancy.
As a Reservist, you’re not immediately eligible for a VA Loan. You must first meet the time in service requirements — completed six years in the Reserve, or served 181 active-duty days during peacetime or 90 days during war time. Buying a home is a complicated process, but the VA can help make it a little easier.
Visit the VA website for more information: https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/index.asp.
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) is a Department of Defense wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. YRRP hosts Deployment Readiness Training (DRT) events for Sailors departing for a mobilization and Returning Warrior Workshops for Sailors as they return home.
While DRTs are a mandatory training stop for Reserve Sailors before leaving on mobilization, RWW’s are a unique opportunity for returning mobilized Sailors. Designed to provide resources, encouragement, reintegration and support for Sailors returning home from deployment, RWW’s are an all expenses paid weekend retreat held at a three-star (or higher) hotel.
Any Reserve Sailor recently returned from a mobilization or deployment is invited to attend an RWW with a guest of their choice. RWWs are hosted by one of the six Navy Region Reserve Component Commands (RCC) at a hotel away from military bases to ensure a safe and relaxed atmosphere for Sailors and guests to focus on the reintegration process. Sailors attend the event on ADT travel orders paid for by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. Attire for all attendees is civilian business casual. All lodging, meals and travel expenses are covered and include: dinner Friday night, three meals on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Travel is primarily by personal vehicle, and mileage is paid at the current government rate for up to 400 miles. The host RCC will work to pair returning Sailors with an RWW nearest to their residence.
During the RWW, trained facilitators lead Sailors and their guests through a series of presentations and table-top discussions that address post-combat stress and transition back to civilian life. Participants are afforded the opportunity to share their experiences in a safe environment with their peers. Symptoms such as sleep and appetite disturbances, decreased intimacy, job loss, financial difficulties, increased anger and/or frustration, alcohol or drug use, and other behaviors not present prior to deployment are safely discussed. The goal is for Sailors to learn that they are not alone and have resources available to help them move forward.
A list of this year’s RWW weekends can be found on page 10. For more information, visit https://yellowribbon.org/.