SPECIAL ITEM OF INTEREST: Retirement/Fleet Reserve transfer requests affected by the Senior Enlisted Continuation Board (SECB) will be processed upon release of a NAVADMIN which will provide further administrative guidance.
PERS 8354 RESPONSIBILITIES
Administers the policies, instructions and procedures for voluntary enlisted Retirement and transfer to the Fleet Reserve, including cancellations, modifications, and deferments. Also, verifies active duty service date, pay entry date, and provides essential record data and related services from enlisted personnel records and files concerning Fleet Reserve/Retirement credit and Fleet Reserve transfers.
Fleet Reserve - An enlisted member of the naval service who has completed a minimum of 20 years of active service in the armed forces may, at his/her request be transferred to the Fleet Reserve.
Enlisted Retirement - An enlisted member of the Regular Navy who has completed 30 or more years of active service in the armed forces may be retired by the President (10 USC 6326). (Note: Members of the U.S. Naval Reserve who request retirement after 30 years of active service must transfer to the fleet reserve and transfer to the retired list the following day.)
Requests for transfer to the Fleet Reserve or Retirement are processed through the Officer Personnel Information System (OPINS) and can be submitted through OPINS, Naval Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS), or Career Information Management System (CIMS) by the command or local PSD.
Retirement/Fleet Reserve Submission Process
1. Command Career Counselor's (CCC) shall submit request via OPINS, CIMS or the NSIPS tool as follows:
a. E6 and below: 6-18 months prior to requested date or;
b. E7 and above: 6-24 months prior to requested date
c. Retirement request should be submitted 24 months prior to the requested date
2. To cancel or modify a previously submitted request, CCC's should electronically forward an approved/signed Personnel Action Request to PERS-8354 via the Bupers on Line (BOL) tool.
3. Upon request receipt, the PERS-8354 team will initiate electronic routing of the request to applicable Enlisted Community Manager (ECM) and Detailer for review/disposition advisement. After routing is complete, remaining administrative requirements are completed by PERS-8354. Administrative requirements include: eligibility verification, Statement of Service (SOS) composure, and issuance of three official messages;
a. Message of Acknowledgement: Automatic generation and release upon initiation of request routing by PERS-8354.
b. Message of Intent (MOI): PERS-8354 will compose and release the message after completion of routing and receipt of disposition advisement from the Enlisted Community Manager/Detailers. Under normal circumstances, it will be released within 30-60 days following submission.
c. Final Authorization/Statement of Service Message: PERS-8354 will compose and release this message NLT 120 days prior to requested RET/FLTRES date. These messages are prioritized by request date. For example, requests for January 2013 shall be processed prior to requests for March 2013. Messages are available/accessible for one year via the BOL tool, under APPLICATIONS - FORMAN - STATUS.
MILPERSMAN Article 1810-010
MILPERSMAN Article 1830-040
10 United States Code 6330 (Fleet Reserve)
10 United States Code 6326 (30 year retirement)
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