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How do I request ADSW?

Only a Command/Pillar OSO should submit a request for an ADSW requirement. Reservists may apply for ADSW opportunities that have been approved after a Command/Pillar OSO has submitted a request for ADSW.  Further guidance for Command/Pillar OSOs 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”.

Where can I find out about opportunities to serve on ADSW?

Please contact your Operation Support Officer (OSO) at your local Reserve Center (NOSC) or check for advertised positions on the Navy Reserve Homeport Site.

How long does it typically take for ADSW orders to be written?

Typical turnaround times can vary due to the current task load placed on the department.  PERS-462 asks for a standard of 30 days to process once the RIS and BNR have been received at

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

-Refer to MILPERSMAN 1160-030 and MILPERSMAN 1160-120

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. 

How long can I perform ADSW?

Per 10 U.S.C. § 115, reserve officers (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.

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.

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.  Reserve members are always under obligation to keep their local Naval Reserve Activity (NRA) informed of their status.  Members should contact their NRA anytime they accept an ADSW position to begin the screening checklist even before the orders are released from PERS-462.  It should never be a surprise to your NRA that you receive orders.

Are there any PCS entitlements?

Per Ch.5, Part A, Section 5j, Article 5282C of the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), 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 JTR. 


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 JTR 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.

Am I authorized per diem on my ADSW orders?

Per Ch. 7, Part K, Article 7355F1a of the JTR, per diem is authorized on orders for 180 days or less if the member is not local to the ADSW duty station (more than 50 miles). Orders of 180 days or more at any one location are PCS orders. Per Diem is paid by the supported command by providing an accounting line to PERS-462.

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-462 for inclusion in the ADSW orders.  Funding will cover the Reservist’s travel from his/her Home of Record (HOR) to the supported command and return to HOR upon completion of the ADSW assignment.  

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

No.  However, an enlisted 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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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-462, 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 sent to USFF for mobilization consideration.

To the extent PERS-462 is able to discern intent to forward a member to a hazardous duty area or for contingency support; PERS-462 will not approve the orders. If it is discovered late that members have been forward deployed on ADSW without approval of PERS-462 and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Augmentation Branch (N3), the ADSW orders will be modified for immediate return to CONUS.

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-462 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.

While traveling on ADSW orders, am I authorized to use my government travel card (GTCC)?

Reservists who have ADSW orders written for a period of 180 days or more (and are not local to the UDS) receive travel that is authorized as a PCS move.  As such, these members are NOT authorized to use their GTCC for travel.  At the start of such orders, the NOSC (Reserve Center) works with Navy Mobilization Processing Site Norfolk to send the member on government travel (usually SATO) from home to go through NMPS processing and before the movement to the PCS takes place.


Members who have ADSW orders written for a period of 179 days or less, and are not local to the UDS receive Per Diem and are authorized to use their GTCC.


Members who have ADSW orders written for a period of 179 days or less and are local to the UDS receive TDY orders to NMPS and are authorized to use their GTCC during their TDY portion.

What are the rules regarding HHG Shipments POV Shipments with regard to ADSW PCS Orders (180 Days or greater)?

HHG moves:
          CONUS-CONUS get a full HHG move. CONUS-CONUS get a full HHG move.

CONUS-OCONUS get a partial HHG move (only 800 pounds).

OCONUS-CONUS (Ex: Hawaii to CONUS) get a full HHG move 


POV shipment:  

CONUS-CONUS: POV shipment not authorized. 

CONUS-OCONUS: POV shipment not authorized. 

OCONUS-CONUS: POV shipment authorized “IF REQUESTED".  PERS-462 must add a statement     

                                 authorizing POV shipment on your orders.

Who is responsible for pay/travel/and allowances for members on ADSW?

* PCS orders for 180 days or greater at the same location (this doesn't count time at NMCPS):

PERS-46/OPNAV pays the member's pay and allowances and travel.


* Per Diem orders for less than 180 days at the same location:

For members who are not local to the command, the command must pay per diem.  PERS-46/OPNAV does not pay per diem.  The command must either agree to:


Pull the member into their DTS hierarchy before the member travels so the member can create their own travel in DTS and charge it to the command, or


The command must provide a valid LOA and SDN (Standard Document Number) to PERS-462, before the orders are written, to which travel and per diem will be charged.


How do I coordinate my PCS move?


Am I authorized Dislocation Allowance if taking ADSW Orders?  Maybe.  See Below:

Is a Reserve Component or Guard member who regularly, or repeatedly, comes on and leaves active duty eligible for DLA?     No - as mandated by law, individuals coming on/leaving active duty are not eligible for DLA. The exception to this if you come on active duty for more than 20 weeks at one location and are authorized PCS allowances (not TDY allowances) " AND"  you move your dependents from your home to your new PDS or a designated place.

Is DLA payable if separating from Service when performing PCS travel to the home of selection/record (HOS/HOR) from the old permanent duty station?     No, by law there is no DLA authorized when the PCS is from your PDS to your HOR/HOS.  In other words there's no DLA authority when leaving active duty.

The rules for DLE are located in JTR, CH 5, Part A10.  For more information on DLA, please visit:

Do I get Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) entitlements if going CONUS on PCS Orders?  YES

         Temporary Loding Expense (TLE):

TLE is intended to partially pay for lodging and meal expenses when a member/dependent(s) must occupy temporary quarters in CONUS due to a PCS.

Important Reminders:

·    TLE Reimbursement is limited to 10 days for a member who completes a PCS to a CONUS PDS (Permanent Duty Station).

·    TLE Reimbursement is limited to 5 days for a member who completes a PCS to an OCONUS PDS.

·    When submitting for TLE Reimbursement, you must include an itemized zero-balance lodging receipts and a Statement of Non-Availability if staying off post.

The rules for TLE are in JTR, par. 5434.  For more information on TLE please visit:

Do I get temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) entitlements if going OCONUS on PCS Orders?


         The purpose of TLA is to partially reimburse a member for:

The more than normal expenses incurred while occupying temporary lodgings (including Temporary Lodging Facilities as defined in Appended A of JTR) and

Expenses for meals obtained as a direct result of using temporary lodgings OCONUS that don't have facilities for preparing and consuming meals.

TLA is authorized in the following circumstances:

Upon initial arrival (reporting for duty) at an OCONUS PDS (includes reporting for TDY at an activity within the new OCONUS PDS limits and waiting for Government quarters assignment, or while completing arrangements for other permanent living accommodations when Government quarters are not available;

When, based on the OCONUS TLA Authority's written guidance, the appropriate official determines that for reasons beyond the member's control (does not include a ship entering any type of maintenance availability), it is necessary for a member, once established in a permanent residence in the PDS vicinity, to vacate the permanent residence permanently or temporarily, and to use temporary lodgings in the PDS vicinity while looking for another permanent residence or waiting to reoccupy the vacated permanent residence;

While seeking a permanent residence following a TDY period when a member without dependents vacated a permanent residence before a TDY assignment of 90 or more days

While house-hunting after the member arrives at the new PDS and reports for duty in conjunction with a PCS;

Immediately preceding PCS departure from an OCONUS PDS (includes reporting for TDY at a location within the old OCONUS PDS limits after Government quarters are/private sector housing is vacated in connection with a PCS order;

*NOTE: TLA is not intended, and must not be allowed to be used, for the personal enrichment of a member by extending TLA allowances for other than the purpose intended. Disciplinary action addressed in par. U1055 applies when TLA allowances are used for inappropriate reasons. Upon initial arrival (reporting) at an OCONUS PDS (includes reporting for TDY at an activity within the new OCONUS PDS limits and waiting for Government quarters assignment, or while completing arrangements for other permanent living accommodations when Government quarters are not available

The rules for TLA are in the JTR, pars. U9150 through 9195.  For more information on TLA please visit:

Where can I find a copy of the current Joint Travel Regulations?

Why does compensation variance exist between RC Sailors performing active duty in the same location? 

“Duty status” reflects a Sailor’s availability to perform a specific mission, function, or job and is linked to appropriated funds and legal authorities.    As a result, RC Sailors serving in the same geographic location and providing similar support may have variances in compensation as a result of their specific duty status. 


Statuses for RC Sailors vary with respect to: legal authority, inactive duty vs. active duty, mission support, funding, voluntary vs. involuntary orders, as well as strength accounting.  This may also include: Annual Training (AT), Active Duty for Training (ADT), and Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW), as well as mobilization, each of which comes with varying degrees of compensation.   


Can PERS-462 resolve questions regarding pay, allowances, and entitlement issues?

PERS-462 does not have the authority to grant entitlements by adding language to orders.  Entitlements for moves (PCS/Per-Diem/TDY) are governed by the JTR. 


I have a question about LOCATION RATE and/or HHG Transportation for ADSW orders from CONUS to OCONUS?

JTR Ch 10. Part E1d (par 10428):  An RC member called/ordered to active-duty-for-other-than-training for more than 180 days: (4) at an OCONUS location for a prospective period of less than 12 months, is not authorized PCS HHG transportation IAW Ch. 5, Part A5, but continues to receive primary residence-based BAH.
JTR Ch. 5, Part A5 (par 5192):  HHG Transportation authorization does not exist for a member:  (7) When less than 12 months remain in an OCONUS tour after the scheduled HHG arrival date at the PDS.
Movement of dependents to OCONUS locations is not authorized as per the PDS requirements for an accompanied tour IAW MILPERSMAN 1300-308 and Appendix Q of the JTR. 
“OPNAV N130 Interpretation" . . . 
ADSW Orders are always written for a period of 12 months or less.  Therefore, members who are ordered to VOLUNTARY ADSW orders from a CONUS location to an OCONUS duty station will continue to receive primary residence-based BAH for their Place of Entry on Active Duty (PLEAD).  Additionally, due to the fact that these orders are less than 12 months in duration, a full HHG Transportation is not authorized.
*Note: Members may choose to take additional “back-to-back” orders at the same location if available.  However, all orders expire at the end of the fiscal year and a new set of orders can be written, once again, for a period of less than 12 months, so the above applies once again.  Back to back orders do not culminate in a single duration of orders more than 12 months.


Please consult your local PSD or Personal Property Office if you have questions about pay and entitlements.


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