By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy announced the establishment of the Career Transition Office (CTO) July 30 to assist Sailors transitioning between the Navy's active and Reserve components.
"The overall goals of the Career Transition Office are to ease the transition of personnel into active duty and Reserve billets, decrease transition processing times and error rates, and increase Reserve affiliation among qualified Sailors leaving active duty," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel.
The CTO was established under the Navy's continuum of service initiative. It is designed to develop flexible service options to meet Sailors individual career objectives.
"The Navy Reserve offers excellent opportunities for Sailors to continue their Navy careers while pursuing their goals in the civilian world. By reaching out to those Sailors leaving active duty, the Career Transition Office will help them make informed decisions about the options available to them in the Navy Reserve. Navy Reservists often claim they have the best of both worlds," said Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, chief of Navy Reserve.
According to NAVADMIN 229/09, the first of three spirals is to be phased in over the next 14 months. The CTO is focusing on the 1,700 officers who depart the Navy annually. The CTO seeks to increase the number of departing officers who affiliate with the Reserves which will further fortify the Reserve component with experienced Navy veterans.
Spiral two will address enlisted personnel transitions, integrations with Career Management System Interactive Detailing and Sailors separating due to Perform to Serve. Spiral three will address Reserve component to active component flow.
"We are reaching out to officers every day. We talk to officers in Iraq, Japan, Germany, and on deployment at sea. Regardless of where you are in the world, we can help you," said Ensign Andrea Fallas, a Reservist recalled to work as a transition assistant assigned to the CTO.
Benefits for Reserve affiliation include inexpensive medical and dental coverage for Reservists and their families, up to a $20,000 Reserve reenlistment bonus, up to $75,000 in special pay for officers, and additional training if rating conversion is offered. Reservists also maintain base MWR, exchange and commissary privileges.
Additionally, Sailors departing after six years of active duty who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be eligible to transfer education benefits to their spouse or children by incurring and completing the four-year additional Armed Forces service requirement in the Navy Reserve.
The Navy Reserve offers a two-year deployment deferment for Sailors who join the reserve within six months of leaving the active component. Sailors who affiliate with the reserve after six months, but within one year of leaving active duty, qualify for a one-year deferment from involuntary mobilization.
Future program plans for the CTO include managing all enlisted personnel by directing active to reserve transitions, centralizing administrative actions in processing and streamlining non-mobilization Reserve-to-active-duty transitions.
For more information, read NAVADMIN 229/09 and visit the CTO Web site at http://www.npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/Transition/.
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