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Retention and Continuation 
 

Reserve Officer Continuation and Retention 

This page addresses only Reserve officers who are serving in Ready Reserve (SELRES, VTU, IRR) or Standby Reserve-Active (USNR-S1) status.  It does not address Full-Time Support (FTS) officers.

There are provisions of law and policy that allow continuation and retention of certain Navy Reserve officers past mandatory attrition dates when they become subject to the following provisions of law:

Attrition Provisions of Law
 
Title 10 U.S. Code, Chapter 1407 requires the following attrition actions:

Lieutenants: in an active status (USNR-R or USNR-S1) who twice fail of selection to LCDR and have completed the eight-year Military Service Obligation (MSO) will be transferred to the Retired Reserve, if qualified, or be honorably discharged from the Navy Reserve not later than the first day of the seventh month in which the President approves the report which considered the officer for the second time.

Lieutenant Commanders: in an active status (USNR-R or USNR-S1) who twice fail of selection to CDR and have completed 20 years of commissioned service will be transferred to the Retired Reserve, if qualified, or be honorably discharged from the Navy Reserve not later than the first day of the month following the month in which the officer completes 20 years of commissioned service.

Commanders: in an active status (USNR-R or USNR-S1) who are not on the promotion list to CAPT will be transferred to the Retired Reserve, if qualified, or be honorably discharged from the Navy Reserve not later than the first day of the month following the month in which the officer completes 28 years of commissioned service

Captains: in an active status (USNR-R or USNR-S1) who are not on the promotion list to the next higher pay-grade will be transferred to the Retired Reserve, if qualified, or be honorably discharged from the Navy Reserve not later than the first day of the month following the month in which the officer completes 30 years of commissioned service.


Continuation Eligibility

Officers eligible for continuation are defined in Title 10 US Code, Chapter 1407, and SECNAV’s Retention and Continuation Plan.  Officers currently eligible to request continuation include:

  • Any officer (including Chief Warrant Officers) serving on mobilization, recall, Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW), or other critical Active Duty orders in direct support of Overseas Contingency Operations on the date of required separation.  Continuation shall not extend beyond the length of the active duty orders (to include respite leave).  Annual Training (AT) and Active Duty for Training (ADT) orders do not qualify.
  • Captains and Commanders designated as Unrestricted Line Special Warfare (1135) officers.  Continuation shall not extend beyond 35th(CAPT) and 33rd(CDR) year of commissioned service.
  • Lieutenant Commanders designated as Medical Corps (2105), Dental Corps (2205), Medical Service Corps (2305), Nurse Corps (2905), Special Warfare (1135/6155), Special Duty Officer (Information Professional) (1825/6425), Special Duty Officer (Intelligence) (1835/6455), Supply Corps (3105/6515), Civil Engineer Corps (5105/6535), Surface Warfare (1115), Submarine Warfare (1125), and Aviator (1315).  Continuation shall not extend beyond the 24th year of commissioned service.
  • Lieutenant Commanders who who are credited with at least 16 but less than 18 years of qualifying service on their statutory attrition date. Continuation shall not extend beyond the 24th year of commissioned service.
  • Lieutenants in all non-FTS designators, who were considered twice for selection to lieutenant commander, but twice failed of selection on the RASL.  Such officers may be considered for continuation to allow one additional opportunity for promotion to lieutenant commander on the RASL. 

Continuation Process

Officers’ records will be screened by PERS-911D, and those eligible for continuation will be notified 9 to 12 months before their mandatory attrition date and will be provided information on procedures for requesting continuation.

The officer must then return the form provided with the notification letter and provide any supporting documentation and endorsements to formally request continuation.  Continuation requests will be considered by a Panel of Officers and the recommendations of the panel will be approved by PERS-9.

The deadline for requesting continuation will be provided in the notification letter from PERS-911D, and will normally be 6 months before the mandatory attrition date.  No request will be considered if received less than 1 week before the convening date of the Panel.

 
Continuation Panels

Continuation Panels meet monthly, normally on the 1st Tuesday of each month.  The Panel considers the member's current status, history of participation/performance, community manning, correspondence to the Panel, any adverse information (if applicable), active duty orders currently serving under (if applicable), and any previous periods of continuation or retention (if applicable).

The results of the Panel are promulgated by official letter normally within 5 business days after the Panel results have been approved by PERS-9.

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