Individual Ready Reserves to Participate in Annual Muster

Story Number: NNS070222-21Release Date: 2/22/2007 4:46:00 PM
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By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Teresa J. Frith, Navy Personnel Command Communications Office Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) Sailors have new reporting requirements effective since Jan. 22 that call for an annual muster and verification of civilian employment information (CEI).

"Annual muster not only affords us the opportunity to collect required information, but also allows our full-time support and selected Reserves (SELRES) at the Navy Operational Support Centers to remind IRR members there are a lot of opportunities available to them through either more active IRR participation, affiliation with the SELRES, or volunteering to mobilize in support of the global war on terrorism," said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John C. Harvey.

Commands must inform all Sailors leaving active service of any remaining military service obligation. Those Sailors who came on active duty after June 1, 1984, have a military service obligation of eight years. Sailors who enlisted prior to that date have a military service obligation of six years. If a member leaves active duty after serving less than their obligated period, they must fulfill their contract by affiliating with the Navy Reserve as a drilling Reservist, or by becoming a member of the IRR.

By law, IRR members can be ordered to muster without consent and be required to perform a minimum of two hours of duty during that muster. Additionally, the period of muster, including roundtrip travel to the muster site, may not total more than one day each calendar year. IRR members are required to let their employers know of this requirement.

"I cannot state it any plainer than this," said Harvey. "Satisfactory participation in the annual reporting program for members of the IRR is the law, and it is required of Navy members in the IRR, period."

Not all IRR members are called to physically muster each year. If not ordered to muster, they will receive an annual screening letter. It will list instructions on how to complete their mandatory screening online via the IRR community of practice located on Navy Knowledge Online at

The Navy recognizes that IRR members may be inconvenienced by this mustering requirement. To compensate, IRR members are authorized payment set at 125 percent of the average per diem (other than Hawaii or Alaska).

If an IRR member fails to show up after being ordered to muster, they must produce satisfactory evidence as to why they were unable to do so or be considered unsatisfactory participants. Unsatisfactory participants may be retained in the IRR, or transferred to the standby Reserve inactive status for the rest of their military service obligation, when the secretary of the Navy determines whether they still possess the potential for useful military service. However, they could also be ordered to active duty for up to 45 days, or processed for separation. Sailors can refer to NAVADMIN 010/07 for all the details.

The new rules also specify that IRR members must also report to the Navy about their civilian employment. The Web site for reporting initial and updated CEI is at Required entries include the member's employment status, employer's name, employer's mailing address, employee's work title, and the total years experience in that occupation.

"I clearly view the IRR as a highly-skilled and talented Reserve asset whose expertise spans the entire spectrum of naval operations -- a clear force multiplier," said Harvey.

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