MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy continued the annual physical muster of a select number of Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) personnel July 7 as part of the ongoing effort to assess the overall readiness of its members.
"Annually we have roughly 4,000 (inactive Reservists) report to Navy Operational Support Centers (NOSC) to verify they are within standards and to give them training on their benefits, advise them on additional opportunities to serve and reinforce participation requirements," said Cmdr. Tim Chambers, head of Reserve mobilization and force management division at Navy Personnel Command (NPC).
Sailors automatically go into the IRR when they are released from active duty and have time remaining on their service contract.
Initial enlistment in any branch of the military requires an eight-year Military Service Obligation (MSO) consisting of an active duty and an IRR period. The IRR includes Sailors who have served their active-duty time, but have not finished their eight-year obligation. It also includes Sailors who have served more than eight years, but choose to remain affiliated by staying in the IRR. During the contract years following active duty, Sailors are required to complete annual screenings and may be selected to physically muster at a NOSC. They may be recalled if necessary.
"During their time in the IRR, they're still entitled to an ID card and on-base privileges including access to MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) facilities, NEX (Navy Exchange) and Commissary shopping. That's a huge benefit," said Chambers.
Sailors who will soon join the IRR should ensure they get a Reserve ID when they leave active duty, he said.
For the annual muster, members of the IRR receive a letter informing them they have been selected to muster on one of three days. They can then call to set up an appointment. The muster takes two hours and is conducted at the NOSC nearest to the member's home. During their time assigned to the IRR, members have to inform NPC of any change in status such as change of employment, address or any other major life changes, according to Chambers.
"We want them to know that for most Sailors, the opportunity to participate in the Navy does not end the moment they walk off the brow. As an IRR member, you may be eligible to perform active duty for training and active duty for special work or volunteer for mobilization without becoming a full-time selected reservist, while earning full military pay and benefits," he said.
"They need to know that their nation still needs them and 'be ready' because we might be calling," Chambers said.
For more information on the 2007 on-site IRR muster, visit www.npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/ReservePersonnelManagement/IRR/.
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