Reserve Affiliation an Option to Stay Navy

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Story Number: NNS140621-08Release Date: 6/21/2014 12:06:00 PM

From Navy Personnel Command, Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Sailors interested in change, but who want to stay Navy may be interested in the flexibility and continued benefits that come with Reserve affiliation.

The Career Navigator offers a streamlined process for Sailors who are interested in pursuing Reserve Component (RC) opportunities.

"There are a few different reserve opportunities available for Sailors," said Lt. Cmdr. Jenni Reid, Selected Reserve enlisted community manager (ECM).

The Selected Reserve (SELRES) consists of drilling reservists and units. These designated Reservists are available for recall to active duty status and they serve as the Navy's primary source of immediate manpower. SELRES typically fulfill the traditional service commitment of one weekend a month and two weeks a year. These reservists receive many of the same benefits and may perform many of the same duties as their active duty counterparts.

Full-Time Support (FTS) Reservists perform active duty services relating to the training and management of the Navy Reserve program. They may be assigned to shore activities and commands or operational units. FTS personnel receive the same pay, allowances and benefits as active duty members.

Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) offers Sailors some reserve affiliation perks without the SELRES drill requirements. Sailors in the IRR have to maintain mobilization readiness and must keep the Navy informed of any address changes or conditions that may affect their readiness.

"Your Career Counselor can assist you with an application to transition to the RC via Career Navigator. If you receive a SELRES quota, you must select a drill site from the Career Management System/Interactive Detailing," said Reid. "For Sailors interested in FTS opportunities, contact the active duty ECM responsible for the rating for which you have interest. Active duty ECMs manage both Active Component and the corresponding FTS rate."

For more information, talk to your Command Career Counselor or visit the Selected Reserve Community Page at:

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