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Reserve Sailor / New to the Navy Reserve

To learn more about the Navy Reserve Structure click here.

To learn more about Benefits such as Retirement, Medical and Education click here.

For help on understanding your Career and Career Resources click here.

For Fleet and Family resources such as personal, family, financial or deployment readiness counseling click here.

Drilling and Training

Serving in the Navy Reserve traditionally requires a minimum of one weekend a month (drilling) and two weeks a year (annual training). Most of the training can be arranged to take place close to home so relocation is not required. In general, this is what to expect from committing to serve in the Navy Reserve:

Drilling: Your regular training typically amounts to 16 hours each month at a nearby training site. There are hundreds of locations across the U.S. – check the map of Navy Reserve locations to find the site nearest to where you live. And note that you may be able to take advantage of flexible drilling options. This could involve fulfilling the annual commitment in a single, extended mission or serving on weekdays if your civilian career makes weekend service difficult.

Annual Training: For at least two weeks each year, you will take part in advanced training that can take you across the U.S. or around the globe. This is typically a command exercise with your drilling Reserve detachment, but you may also have opportunities to pursue independent assignments that broaden your experience.

Service Commitment: For former servicemembers seeking Enlisted positions, the minimum Navy Reserve service requirement typically ranges from two to six years. Check out the NAVET chart and OSVET chart under Entrance Programs for more detailed information. For former servicemembers seeking Officer positions, the minimum service requirement may vary.

Contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter for details.

Enlisted Basic Training: If you’ve served in an Enlisted role in the Navy (NAVET) or any other service branch (OSVET), there’s no need to repeat Recruit Training (Boot Camp) again.

Officer Training: If you previously served as a Navy Officer (NAVET), there’s no need to repeat the prerequisite training for commissioning. You can apply through the Direct Commission Officer Program. If you served as an Officer in any other service branch (OSVET) or served in an Enlisted role (NAVET or OSVET) but now meet the requirements to become an Officer, you may also apply through the Direct Commission Officer Program. However, you will have to complete the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) Course in Newport, RI.

Direct Commission Officer Handbook 2015

As a military veteran, the service background you bring to the Navy Reserve is in great demand. And the advanced skills you can refine by serving part-time will be highly valued in the civilian sector.

Deployment Deferment for up to Two Years

If you're a former Navy servicemember (NAVET), be aware that you can receive guaranteed initial deployment deferment when you affiliate with the Navy Reserve.
  • Two-year involuntary mobilization deferment available if affiliating within six months of release from Active Duty
  • One-year involuntary mobilization deferment available if affiliating between seven and twelve months after release from Active Duty

Contact your career counselor or the Career Transition Office (CTO) to learn more.

Reserve Management
Reserve Personnel Management  - PERS-9

PERS-9 covers the offices of:


  • Reserve Officer Administration
  • Reserve Enlisted Administration
  • Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) Administration
  • Reserve Retirements
  • Physical Risk Administration

Tools for Reserve Personnel 

Reservists can log in BUPERS Online to view their Annual Statement of Service History (ASOSH) and Annual Retirement Point Record (ARPR). This online service is available to:


  • Selected Reservists
  • Individual Ready Reserve members
  • Retired Reservists without pay (who have retired within the last five years)
  • Navy Operational Support Center Administrators

Apply Program
This interactive web program marks another first in the Navy Reserve. It provides Reserve Officers applying for billets with the latest information as it becomes available.

Recall Opportunities (Officer)

Links for Reserve Personnel


Advancement and Promotion Links


Reserve Retirement Change

NDAA 2008 and 2011 changed the rules regarding non-regular (Reserve) retirement.  For more info click the link below:


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