Extra Drill Time Now Available for Naval Reservists

Story Number: NNS021108-04Release Date: 11/9/2002
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By Lt. John Filostrat, COMNAVRESFOR Public Affairs

NEW ORLEANS (NNS) -- Time is a premium, especially on drill weekends. There's often not enough time to get everything done. So Naval Reserve leaders have come up with an innovative way to allow for extra drill time each month this fiscal year.

Additional Training Period (ATP) and Reserve Management Period (RMP) guidance is available in COMNAVRESFORCOM messages (R 071902Z OCT 02 and R 010001Z OCT 02).

The additional training falls under Inactive Duty Training (IDT) funding. The forcewide RMP pilot program will help Naval Reserve unit leaders to manage their units more effectively. The unit commanding officer can issue the RMP to whomever is doing administrative work, such as fitness reports and evaluations, orders or awards.

"RMPs can be used for day-to-day operation of the unit, accomplishing unit administration, training preparation, support activities and maintenance functions. The new program for this year provides two officer RMPs and one enlisted RMP drill monthly to the majority of the force," said Lt. Cmdr. David Herschel, director of financial management for Naval Reserve Forces Command.

Herschel said RMPs can be used incrementally with two restrictions: There can be no more than one per day, and they cannot be combined with any other drills, including regular IDT.

"It's very positive. It's an outstanding program that allows our drilling Reservists to get paid for doing a lot of extra work," said Lt. Cmdr. Pamela Kramer, commanding officer (CO) of the Naval Reserve Center in Ft. Richardson, Alaska.

Kramer adds that her unit COs are very happy because they asked for the program last summer, and it's now in place. "They feel like they've been heard," said Kramer.

Volunteer Training Units and units already authorized ATPs are not eligible for the new RMP program. Eligible units are responsible for overseeing the program and ensuring that the correct type of drill period is documented on muster sheets.

Additional information and web tools are available on the finance web pages within the Commander, Naval Reserve Forces Command Web site, www.navres.navy.mil/navresfor/navsurf/staff_codes/N01B/ATPRMP.htm.

For related news, visit the Naval Reserve Force Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/nrf.

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