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  1. How do I request ADSW?

    Only a command may submit a request for an ADSW requirement. Reservists may apply for ADSW opportunities that have been approved after a command has submitted a request for ADSW.  Further guidance for commands interested in submitting a request for ADSW is located on this webpage entitled “ADSW Command Guidance”. Further guidance for reservists concerning ADSW opportunities is located on this webpage entitled “ADSW Guidance for Reservists”.

  2. I am High Year Tenure (HYT). Am I eligible for ADSW?

    Yes.  Refer to MILPERSMAN 1160-030.

  3. I have accumulated a lot of active duty time. Am I still eligible for ADSW?

    Members are eligible to perform ADSW until they reach 16 years of total active duty service.  Active duty service includes all active duty, ADSW, Annual Duty for Training (ADT) and Annual Training (AT) combined.  It is the member’s responsibility to ensure his or her retirement point capture is updated and accurate.  Orders will not be issued to members with gaps in their record or questions as to their total active service. 

  4. How long can I perform ADSW?

    Per 10 U.S.C. § 115, reservists (other than flag officers), who serve on operational support orders for a cumulative period of active duty that exceeds 1,095 days in the previous 1,460 shall count against active end strength.  Therefore, it is PERS-462 policy and practice to limit ADSW orders to no more than 365 days due to fiscal year (FY) appropriation restrictions.  ADSW tours that extend beyond the end of the FY will require the submission of an extension request.

  5. Who arranges my travel to the NMPS?

    Per OPNAVINST 1001.20C, the NOSC will assist the reservist with travel arrangements from the reservist’s home to the NOSC and from the NOSC to the NMPS or supported command.  Reservists in receipt of ADSW orders of 30 days or more must process through the NMPS prior to reporting to the supported command.  The NMPS will ensure reservists are screened properly, enrolled in Tricare, properly gained to active duty and the active duty pay account is properly established.

  6. Am I required to report to my NOSC at the beginning/conclusion of my orders?

    No, however the NOSC is required to screen each member for ADSW eligibility and to stage gain/loss transactions required to establish pay and benefits. In the cases where the NOSC is for administrative purposes, the member is still required to check in/out with the NOSC via phone or fax. The ADSW orders will indicate if the NOSC is only for administrative purposes.

  7. Are there any PCS entitlements?

    Per Ch.7, Part G, section U7150 of the Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR), reservists on ADSW orders of more than 180 days are entitled to PCS travel and transportation allowances that are payable under Ch.5 of the JFTR. 


    For CONUS orders, the member is entitled to full household goods (HHG) and dependent relocation to the ADSW duty location.  For OCONUS orders, (including Alaska and Hawaii), the member receives a limited unaccompanied baggage allowance IAW the JFTR but is not entitled to ship HHG or move dependents OCONUS. Specific questions concerning PCS entitlements should be addressed to the Household Goods (HHG) helpline, 1-800-444-7789.

  8. Am I authorized per diem on my ADSW orders?

    Per Ch. 7, Part G, section U7150 of the JFTR, per diem is authorized on orders for 180 days or less if the member is not local to the ADSW duty station (determination made by local Area Commander/PSD). Orders of 180 days or more are PCS orders. Per diem is paid by the supported command by providing an accounting line to PERS-4612.

  9. Who is responsible for funding travel and per diem?

    Travel and per diem (if authorized) are funded by the supported/gaining command.  Accounting data must be provided to PERS-4612 for inclusion in the ADSW orders.  Funding will cover the reservist’s travel from his/her home to the supported command and return home upon completion of the ADSW assignment.  

  10. Do I have to take a break-in-service between ADSW periods?

    No.  However, a reservist must take a 31 day break in active duty service upon completion of 5 years of continuous active duty.  The 31 day break in active duty service may not include a period of AT, ADT or any other active duty.

  11. Can I do ADSW/AT/ADT in conjunction with one another?

    Yes, though it is highly discouraged. AT/ADT orders cannot be used to cover any cost associated with ADSW orders (travel OCONUS etc.). Members will likely experience pay problems transitioning from ADSW to ADT/AT or ADT/AT to ADSW due to the nature of the active and reserve pay account systems. 

  12. I have just demobilized. Can I immediately return to active duty on ADSW?

    Yes. It is advisable to start ADSW orders immediately upon demobilization; a break is not necessary (with the exception of 5 years continuous active duty). This will allow the active personnel and pay accounts to remain open.  If a break is desired between periods of active duty, a minimum break of 31 days (no AT or ADT), is strongly recommended before coming back on ADSW. This will allow time for the personnel and pay transaction to process between active and reserve components and should reduce the difficulty of reestablishing the Active Master Military Pay Account upon return to active duty. 

  13. May I transition from ADSW orders directly to mobilization orders?

    Yes.  If possible, there should be no break-in-service between orders to minimize pay problems.  Reservists who transition directly from mobilization orders to ADSW or ADSW to mobilization orders are still required to process through the NMPS as the entitlements change and systems must be updated to reflect those changes.

  14. Can a reservist be forward-deployed on ADSW orders in support of contingency operations?

    No. Deploying a member into a contingency AOR who is not on contingency mobilization orders prevents the member from receiving all the protections and entitlements those on active duty operational orders receive. In cases where the intent to send the member forward is either not expressed or does not exist at the time the request is made to PERS-4612, it is the individual command’s responsibility to ensure that the member’s rights and entitlements are protected. All requests for contingency support should be vetted through USFF.

    To the extent PERS-4612 is able to discern an intent to forward a member to a hazardous duty area or for contingency support, PERS-4612 will not approve the orders. If it is discovered late that members have been forward deployed on ADSW without approval of PERS-4612 and OPNAVMOBCELL, the ADSW orders will be modified for immediate return to CONUS.

  15. I am currently on ADSW and have developed a medical condition. If the local military medical authority will not clear me medically, will I be placed on Medical Hold (Med Hold)?

    A reservist is not placed on Med Hold until the BUPERS Senior Medial Officer (SMO) at PERS-95 reviews the case and approves the Med Hold status. The local medical command must immediately contact PERS-95 and PERS-4612 if an ADSW member experiences a service connected injury and/or illness while attached to their supported command.  The medical command must submit a medical package to PERS-95 for review and determination if Med Hold is warranted. 

    If the medical condition and/or Med Hold status is not resolved by the end of the ADSW orders, the member will transition from ADSW orders to COMNAVRESFOR (N31) ADT orders.  Any delay in contacting PERS-95 could result in creating a gap in orders.

    PERS-95 is the responsible office for Med Hold policy and process.


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