Reserve Enlisted High Year Tenure Waivers
PURPOSE: The High Year Tenure (HYT) program is a vital and effective force shaping tool to properly size and shape the Navy, i.e. ensure a dynamic force with appropriate advancement opportunity for enlisted personnel.
It establishes standardized length of service (LOS) gates by paygrade balanced with a waiver process that allows the Navy to retain high performing sailors with needed skill sets. For HYT gates, visit the PERS-913 HYT FAQ page.
Waivers are granted based on current and projected Selected Reserve (SELRES) manpower requirements (overall force manning and rate/NEC, unit manning, unique operational requirements).
Key provisions of HYT Policy
1) Personnel who reach their HYT gate must be removed from a SELRES status by the end of the month their HYT date is reached. The following options are available:
If eligible, member may request transfer to the Retired Reserve (with or without pay).
Member may request transfer to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and continue to accrue qualifying service (all physical, age, and other retention criteria must continue to be met).
Member may request transfer to the Voluntary Training Unit (VTU)/IRR and continue to drill in a non-pay status.
Members must obtain a waiver from Navy Personnel Command (PERS-913) to re-affiliate in a SELRES status if they are past their HYT gate.
2) HYT restrictions for Active Duty Operational Support and Temporary Recall orders:
- HYT is not an eligibility factor for Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW) and Temporary Recall.
SELRES who reach HYT while on ADSW or Temporary Recall Orders will be transferred to the VTU prior to executing orders unless in receipt of an approved HYT waiver from PERS-913.
Sailors in a HYT status are ineligible to participate for advancement in rate while on ADSW or Temporary Recall orders unless in receipt of an approved HYT waiver from PERS-913.
3) HYT restrictions for sailors mobilized under the authorities listed in OPNAVINST 3060.7B, figure 1.1:
- HYT is not a factor in mobilization identification.
- Sailors who reach HYT status while on mobilization shall not be demobilized due to this status.
- Upon reaching HYT date, mobilized SELRES will be transferred to the VTU while still on orders. Sailors reaching HYT while mobilized are ineligible to participate for advancement in rate unless in receipt of an approved HYT waiver from PERS-913.
4) HYT Waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Should be submitted to PERS-913 not more than 1 year before the HYT date when a manning deficiency is identified.
- Should include NAVPERS 1306/7 Enlisted Personnel Action Request with the following information:
- Member's rate, full name and last 4 of SSN
- Desired length of waiver (in months)
- Performance Mark evaluation data for last three evaluation periods
- Command POC
- Must contain an endorsement from both the Reserve unit CO and the NOSC/NRA CO.
5) HYT Waivers which are of a strictly "Personal convenience nature" will not be approved and should not be submitted. Examples include (but are not limited to):
- Personnel who desire to obtain the necessary service to participate for advancement. CO's may not extend SELRES to await examination results.
- To permit a SELRES member to have a more personally advantageous date for retirement.
- To increase a member's anticipated financial entitlements based on the length of military service.
PERS-913 will staff all HYT waiver requests through the enlisted community manager (ECM) with the final approval or disapproval residing with Bureau of Naval Personnel, Enlisted Community Management Branch (BUPERS-32). For more information, contact the PERS-913 HYT Program Coordinator.
PERS-913 HYT PROGRAM COORDINATOR