By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Smithluedke, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Due to unprecedented force retention and over manning leading to the Enlisted Retention Board in August, Navy leaders suggest it may be time for Sailors to explore their Reserve career options.
“If an enlisted Sailor is disapproved for an active duty Perform to Serve (PTS) quota, they can request a Selected Reserve (SELRES) quota through their command career counselor,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael H. Suarez, Career Transition Office (CTO) assistant division director. “If the Sailor is approved, then the CTO will process them into the Navy Reserve.”
According to NAVADMIN 352/10, the PTS with SELRES option allows active duty Sailors, including full-time support (FTS), to apply for SELRES quotas up to 12 months prior to their end of active obligated service (EAOS) date.
“Sailors must have an approved PTS quota before the CTO is able to assist them,” said Suarez. “If they’re not approved for a SELRES quota, it’s probably because they’re applying for an over manned community or rating. The Sailor should then consider conversion options.”
Sailors approved for a SELRES quota can view potential Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) drill locations in the area they plan to live using Career Management System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID).
Another option for active duty Sailors wishing to remain affiliated with the Navy the Early Career Transition Program (ECTP). The program allows active duty and FTS Sailors to transition into the SELRES more than 90 days prior to their EAOS. Sailors may submit requests up to 15 months prior, but no later than three months prior to their desired transition date (not EAOS). For example, a Sailor’s EAOS is three years and six months away and he desires to transition to the SELRES six months from now. He is eligible to apply for ECTP even though his transition will be three years prior to EAOS.
According to NAVADMIN 088/11, Sailors with at least two years of service are eligible to transfer into the SELRES through ECTP.
“ECTP was created to provide Sailors an early transition opportunity to continue their naval service and pursue educational or personal goals,” said Senior Chief Personnel Specialist (AW) Robert Ferrari, SELRES enlisted community management technical advisor. “The program further allows us to match active component ratings with Reserve component needs.”
ECTP differs from the Enlisted Early Transition Program which allows Sailors to request an early separation up to 24 months prior to their scheduled EAOS date. If approved for ECTP, a Sailor’s career counselor should contact the CTO for transition assistance guidance.
Benefits of reserve affiliation can include:
- Mobilization deferment - Sailors who transition immediately into the SELRES qualify for a two-year deferment from individual mobilization;
- Affiliation bonus - Sailors could be eligible for an affiliation bonus, however, they will be required to repay any unearned portion of any current active component bonus or incentive;
- Continued exchange and commissary privileges;
- Use of Navy Morale, Welfare, and Recreation facilities;
- GI Bill benefits;
- Free medical coverage for 180 days immediately following EAOS separation. Sailors are then eligible for coverage under TRICARE Reserve Select, which offers low-cost premiums to individuals and families.
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 Reserve affiliation or the CTO, Sailors should visit the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) website www.npc.navy.mil, call the NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.