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How do I request ADOS?

Only a Command/Pillar OSO may submit a request for an ADOS requirement. Reservists may apply for ADOS opportunities that have been approved after the Command/Pillar OSO has submitted a request for ADOS.  Further guidance for Command/Pillar OSOs interested in submitting a request for ADOS is located on this webpage entitled “ADOS Command Guidance.”  Further guidance for reservists concerning ADOS opportunities is located on this webpage entitled “ADOS Supported Command Guidance for Reservists.”

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

Please contact your Operation Support Officer (OSO), your Navy Reserve Activity (NRA), or check for advertised positions on the Navy GovDelivery Website.  

How long does it typically take for ADOS 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 ADOS?

Refer to MILPERSMAN 1160-030 and MILPERSMAN 1160-120

I have accumulated a lot of active duty time. Am I still eligible for ADOS?

Members are eligible to perform ADOS until they reach 16 years of total active duty service.  Active duty service includes all active duty, ADOS, Recall, Mobilization, 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.
Who arranges my travel to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) (Formerly NMPS)?

Per OPNAVINST 1001.20D, the NRA will assist the reservist with travel arrangements from the reservist’s home to the ECRC (or supported command, if ECRC is not required).

Am I required to report to my NRA at the beginning/conclusion of my orders?

No, however the NRA is required to screen each member for ADOS eligibility and to stage gain/loss transactions required to establish pay and benefits. Members are required to check in/out with the NRA via phone to see if any screening requirements are not met. Reserve members are always under obligation to keep their Naval Reserve Activity (NRA) informed of their status.  Members should contact their NRA anytime they accept an ADOS 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. 

Am I authorized per diem on my ADOS 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 ADOS duty station. Orders of more than 180 days at any one location are PCS orders if the member is not local to the ADOS duty station.
Who is responsible for funding initial travel to the command and per diem while there?

Travel and per diem (for non-local orders less than 180 days) are funded by the supported/gaining command.  Accounting data must be provided to PERS-462 for inclusion in the ADOS orders, or the command must state that they wish to pay the member through DTS by bringing the member’s active duty DTS profile into their command’s hierarchy.  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 ADOS assignment.  
While traveling to report on ADOS orders, am I authorized to use my government travel card (GTCC)?

Reservists who have ADOS orders written for a period of 180 days or more (and are not local to the Ultimate Duty Station (UDS)) receive travel that is authorized as a PCS move.  As such, these members are authorized to use their GTCC for travel.  At the start of such orders, the NRA works with ECRC or supported command to send the member on government travel (usually SATO).
Members who have ADOS orders written for a period of 179 days or less, and are not local to the UDS receive supported command-funded Per Diem and are authorized to use their GTCC.
Members who have ADOS orders written for a period of 179 days or less and are local to the UDS receive TDY orders to ECRC (if required) and are authorized to use their GTCC during their TDY portion.

What are the rules regarding HHG Shipments and POV Shipments with regard to ADOS PCS Orders (180 Days or greater)?  Am I authorized Dislocation Allowance if taking ADOS Orders?  Do I get Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) entitlements if going CONUS on PCS Orders?  Do I get Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) entitlements if going OCONUS on PCS Orders?

Please consult your local PSD or Personal Property Office if you have questions about pay and entitlements.  Specific questions concerning Household Goods PCS entitlements should be addressed to the Household Goods (HHG) helpline, 1-800-444-7789.

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.

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

PCS orders for 180 days or greater at the same location (this does not count time at ECRC if required):
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:
        1. 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 
        2. 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?

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, Reserve 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 Reserve 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 Operational Support (ADOS), as well as mobilization, each of which comes with varying degrees of compensation. 
Do I have to take a break-in-service between ADOS periods?

No.  However, reservists 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 ADOS/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 ADOS orders (travel OCONUS etc.). Members will likely experience pay problems transitioning from ADOS to ADT/AT or ADT/AT to ADOS due to the nature of the active and reserve pay account systems.

I have just demobilized. Can I immediately return to active duty on ADOS?

Yes. It is advisable to start ADOS 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 45 days (no AT or ADT), is strongly recommended before coming back on ADOS. 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 ADOS orders directly to mobilization orders?

Yes.  If possible, there should be no break-in-service between orders to minimize pay problems. 

I am currently on ADOS 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 supported command must immediately contact PERS-95 and PERS-462 if an ADOS member experiences a service connected injury and/or illness while attached to their supported command.  The supported 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 ADOS orders, the member will transition from ADOS 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.
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