By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office
MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Sailors considering leaving active duty now have an easier path to explore Navy Reserve options prior to separation, and continue to serve and enjoy Navy benefits.
There are several continuum-of-service initiatives to help make the transition to the Reserves an easy one. Perform-to-Serve (PTS) with Selected Reserve (SELRES) option, Career Management System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID) with SELRES option, and the Career Transition Office (CTO) are in place to aid Sailors.
“There are many benefits to Reserve Affiliation,” said Cmdr. Dan Harris, Navy Personnel Command CTO. “There’s mobilization deferment for up to 24 months, re-employment rights after a deployment, military Reserve retirement, available education benefits for members with potential transferability to family members, life insurance, inexpensive individual and family medical and dental care plans, commissary and Navy Exchange privileges, potential sign-on or affiliation bonus – and many others. It’s really a great way to continue Navy service.”
According to NAVADMIN 114/10, active-duty Sailors – including full-time support (FTS) – can simultaneously apply for and receive both active duty/FTS and SELRES quotas, through PTS with SELRES, giving Sailors more career options.
“This function benefits the Sailor by offering an avenue of continuation that was not available before,” said Joe Kelly, PTS program manager. “Previously, Sailors had to find a reserve recruiter after separating from active duty.”
Sailors, who have approval for an active-duty/FTS PTS re-enlistment quota and have more than three months remaining until their expiration of active obligated service (EAOS) or extended EAOS, may continue to apply for a SELRES quota. Approval for a SELRES quota does not cancel the active duty/FTS approval, but it does give the active-duty Sailor an additional option at EAOS.
When a Sailor is approved for a SELRES quota, he or she can view potential Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) drill locations near the place they plan to live using CMS/ID.
The Sailor, who chooses the PTS SELRES option, will begin the transition process at their command and personnel support detachment. A Reserve sponsor will be coordinated by the CTO.
According to NAVADMIN 229/09, CTO was established to provide Sailors with information on the benefits of Reserve affiliation, assist Sailors with transition from active-duty to Navy Reserve, and decrease processing time and potential pay interruption.
“Members who transfer directly from active duty to the Reserve are now entitled to receive six months of the same medical benefits that they received while on active duty, said Harris.”
Reserve service requires a minimum commitment of one weekend a month and two weeks every year. However, flexible drilling options may be made available depending upon Reserve unit requirements and procedures.
For questions concerning PTS, CMS/ID or CTO, Sailors should call NPC Command Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.