Officer Active Component to Reserve Component (AC2RC) Transition

 
 
Ways to Transition to the Reserve Component via the Career Transition Office (CTO)/PERS-97
 
The Career Transition Office (CTO)/PERS-97 facilitates the transition of Active Duty officers (Resignation/Twice Failure of Selection/POCR), Full Time Support officers (Release from Active Duty/Twice Failure of Selection) to the Reserve Component IAW the current Fiscal Year Accession Plan. The CTO serves as a conduit between the active separation authority and the Navy Operational Support Centers (NOSC) by making the transition as smooth as possible by streamlining the transition process.
 
Please note, based on the FY22 Accession Plan, you may require screening by the Reserve Officer Community Manager (BUPERS-351) for your community before you can affiliate with the Selected Reserves (SELRES). The Accession Plan sets the limits/restrictions for SELRES accessions in each community. Affiliation with the SELRES is NOT GUARANTEED. Once you have confirmed your intent to join the SELRES, you will be screened by the Reserve OCM (if necessary). If you have specific questions regarding your affiliation options, please consult with your Transition Assistant. If you have any adverse information in your record, further screening will also be required.

For Health Care Professionals that require credentialing, please see HCP PG 13 in the Related Links section.

 
**Prior to separation, please ensure that you make a copy of your OSR/PSR in order to prevent issues stemming from AQD's not transferring over properly.**
 
Active Duty - Resignation
 Transition Timeline
  • Per MILPERSMAN 1920-200, officers resigning from active duty must submit their request at least 9 months in advance of the desired detachment month. Currently, PERS-451 does not notify CTO or PERS-804 (they draft and route the scrolls) until separation orders have been processed.
  • Once PERS-804 drafts the scroll (scroll is just a fancy term for a list of officers that need to be vetted; you get scrolled at every promotion as well as from AC to RC and vice versa) for the month in which you are separating (usually 2-3 months prior to the month in which you separate) it will eventually go to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for final approval. The scroll process can take 2-3 months to complete.
  • The first stop in the routing process of the scroll is PERS-833 to check for adverse information. If there is any adverse information in your record, your name will be removed from the scroll and CTO will be notified via an Adverse Information Report. Further screening will be required for approval into the reserve component.
  • Once CTO has been notified by PERS-451 of upcoming separations, a Transition Assistant (TA) will be assigned to the officer and a questionnaire will be emailed. Since CTO is not notified of your separation until after you have received your separation orders, you can be proactive and reach out to CTO once your resignation has approved.
  • The purpose of the TA is to educate each officer on reserve benefits and opportunities and help facilitate the transition to a reserve unit. In addition, the TA will prepare and coordinate all necessary documentation for collection by your separation date. Following your separation date, the TA will submit your package for affiliation but will not start being processed until after PSD has posted your loss. The SELRES/VTU affiliation process takes 15 business days (on average) to complete, after which your Inactive Duty Training (IDT) orders will be drafted/released. Your TA should provide you with a copy of your orders and then you can reach out to your NOSC to schedule INDOC. The IRR affiliation process takes 7 business days (on average) to complete.
Actions You Can Take
  • Return the Initial Questionnaire to CTO as soon as possible, stating your Reserve affiliation intention.
  • Visit our Reserve Affiliation Benefits and FAQ pages for more information
  • Schedule your separation physical no earlier than 6 months prior to your separation, and have the provider SIGN, STAMP, and DATE the SF600/SF2807/SF2808.
  • Determine your post-separation address and your desired drilling location.
  • If you have not been contacted by your TA by 90 days prior to your separation, please reach out to CTO.
Considerations
  • If you have MSO remaining, you must affiliate with the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) at a minimum to complete your obligation.
  • If you do not have MSO remaining, you can decline your Reserve oath.
  • You may be eligible for financial incentives (rank and designator dependent). Please reach out to your TA to discuss eligibility and associated obligations.
  • If your separation date changes (earlier or later), please inform your TA immediately.
  • If you are scheduled to promote prior to separation, please inform your TA immediately.
  • If you choose to separate earlier than your requested separation month, your oath may not be available at the time of separation, causing a break in service (loss of benefits).
 
Active Duty - Twice Failure of Selection (2xFOS)
Transition Timeline
  • Per Title 10, officers that have twice failed to select for promotion must separate by the 1st day of the 7th month after notification. After the board results are released, PERS-804 drafts the scroll (scroll is just a fancy term for a list of officers that need to be vetted; you get scrolled at every promotion as well as from AC to RC and vice versa) for the month in which you are separating (usually 2-3 months prior to the month in which you separate) it will eventually go to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for final approval. The scroll process can take 2-3 months to complete.
  • The first stop in the routing process of the scroll is PERS-833 to check for adverse information. If there is any adverse information in your record, your name will be removed from the scroll and CTO will be notified via an Adverse Information Report. Further screening will be required for approval into the reserve component. 
  • Once CTO has been notified by PERS-804 of 2xFOS results, a Transition Assistant (TA) will be assigned to the officer and a questionnaire will be emailed. You can be proactive and reach out to CTO once notified of separation due to 2xFOS. 
  • The purpose of the TA is to educate each officer on Reserve benefits and opportunities and help facilitate the transition to a Reserve unit. In addition, the TA will prepare and coordinate all necessary documentation for collection by your separation date. Following your separation date, the TA will submit your package for affiliation but will not start being processed until after PSD has posted your loss. The SELRES/VTU affiliation process takes 15 business days (on average) to complete, after which your Inactive Duty Training (IDT) orders will be drafted/released. Your TA should provide you with a copy of your orders and then you can reach out to your NOSC to schedule INDOC. The IRR affiliation process takes 7 business days (on average) to complete.
Actions You Can Take
  • See Resignation section.
  • Visit the Status Non-Select page on the NPC website: Here
Considerations
  • As an involuntary separation with greater than 6 years of service, you may be eligible for Involuntary Separation Pay (ISP). In order to receive the payment, you must sign the Page 13 in MILPERSMAN 1920-050 to agree to serve 3 years in the SELRES/VTU/IRR, sign your Reserve Oath, and turn both documents into your PSD. PSD will verify your eligibility IAW MILPERSMAN 1920-040, and calculate the amount of ISP you are entitled to per the MILPERSMAN 1920-060.
  • You may be eligible for financial incentives (rank and designator dependent). Please reach out to your TA to discuss eligibility and associated obligations.
  • If your separation date changes (earlier), please inform your TA immediately.
  • If you choose to separate earlier than your requested separation month, your oath may not be available at the time of separation, causing a break in service (loss of benefits).
 
Active Duty - Probationary Officer Continuation/Redesignation (POCR)
Transition Timeline
  • Per the Probationary Officer Continuation and Retention Board business rules, officers that have been selected to separate from active duty must separate by the 1st day of the 4th month after notification. After the board results are released, BUPERS 317B notifies PERS-804 (they draft and route the scrolls) and PERS-97 (CTO). PERS-804 drafts the scroll (scroll is just a fancy term for a list of officers that need to be vetted; you get scrolled at every promotion as well as from AC to RC and vice versa) for the month in which you are separating (usually 2-3 months prior to the month in which you separate) it will eventually go to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for final approval. The scroll process can take 2-3 months to complete.
  • The first stop in the routing process of the scroll is PERS-833 to check for adverse information. If there is any adverse information in your record, your name will be removed from the scroll and CTO will be notified via an Adverse Information Report. Further screening will be required for approval into the reserve component.
  • Once CTO has been notified by PERS-804 of 2xFOS results, a Transition Assistant (TA) will be assigned to the officer and a questionnaire will be emailed. You can be proactive and reach out to CTO once notified of separation due to 2xFOS. 
  • The purpose of the TA is to educate each officer on Reserve benefits and opportunities and help facilitate the transition to a Reserve unit. In addition, the TA will prepare and coordinate all necessary documentation for collection by your separation date. Following your separation date, the TA will submit your package for affiliation but will not start being processed until after PSD has posted your loss. The SELRES/VTU affiliation process takes 15 business days (on average) to complete, after which your Inactive Duty Training (IDT) orders will be drafted/released. Your TA should provide you with a copy of your orders and then you can reach out to your NOSC to schedule INDOC. The IRR affiliation process takes 7 business days (on average) to complete.
Actions You Can Take
  • See Resignation section.
Considerations
  • If you have MSO remaining, you must affiliate with the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) at a minimum to complete your obligation.
  • Your ability to affiliate with the Reserves in a paid status (SELRES) is determined by the POCR board letter.
  • You may be eligible for financial incentives (rank and designator dependent). Please reach out to your TA to discuss eligibility and associated obligations.
  • If you choose to separate earlier than your requested separation month, your oath may not be available at the time of separation, causing a break in service (loss of benefits).
 
Full Time Support (FTS) - Release From Active Duty (RAD)
 
Transition Timeline
  • Per MILPERSMAN 1920-200, FTS officers requesting release from active duty must submit the request at least 9 months in advance of the desired detachment month. Once CTO has been notified by PERS-451 of upcoming separations, a Transition Assistant (TA) will be assigned to the officer and a questionnaire will be emailed. Since CTO is not notified of your separation until after you have received your separation orders, you can be proactive and reach out to CTO once your resignation has approved.
  • The purpose of the TA is to educate each officer on Reserve benefits and opportunities and help facilitate the transition to a Reserve unit. In addition, the TA will prepare and coordinate all necessary documentation for collection by your separation date. Following your separation date, the TA will submit your package for affiliation but will not start being processed until after PSD has posted your loss. The SELRES/VTU affiliation process takes 15 business days (on average) to complete, after which your Inactive Duty Training (IDT) orders will be drafted/released. Your TA should provide you with a copy of your orders and then you can reach out to your NOSC to schedule INDOC. The IRR affiliation process takes 7 business days (on average) to complete.
Actions You Can Take
  • See Resignation section.
  • Obtain a copy of your FTS oath from your OMPF and send it to your TA.
Considerations
  • Ensure you have submitted a Release from Active Duty (RAD) request and not a Resignation request. A resignation request will result in an FTS officer being separated from the Navy completely.
  • You may be eligible for financial incentives (rank and designator dependent). Please reach out to your TA to discuss eligibility and associated obligations.
 Full Time Support (FTS) - Twice Failure of Selection (2xFOS)
Transition Timeline
  • Per Title 10, officers that have twice failed to select for promotion must separate by the 1st day of the 7th month after notification.
  • PERS-8 will provide PERS-92 with the list of FTS members who failed to select. PERS-92 will then generate a letter with the subject line “RESOLUTION OF STATUS” and e-mail to the member. The member will have to select from two options: (1) request to be considered for continuation in the Selected Reserve or (2) not to be considered for continuation and discharged from the Navy altogether. The member will need to route this letter to PERS-911. PERS-911 will organize and conduct a Retention Panel for approval/disapproval.
  • Once CTO has been notified by PERS-8 of 2xFOS results, a Transition Assistant (TA) will be assigned to the officer and a questionnaire will be emailed. You can be proactive and reach out to CTO once notified of separation due to 2xFOS. Please understand that the TA will have to wait for the results of the Retention Panel before offering a SELRES quota.
  • The purpose of the TA is to educate each officer on Reserve benefits and opportunities and help facilitate the transition to a Reserve unit. In addition, the TA will prepare and coordinate all necessary documentation for collection by your separation date. Following your separation date, the TA will submit your package for affiliation but will not start being processed until after PSD has posted your loss. The SELRES/VTU affiliation process takes 15 business days (on average) to complete, after which your Inactive Duty Training (IDT) orders will be drafted/released. Your TA should provide you with a copy of your orders and then you can reach out to your NOSC to schedule INDOC. The IRR affiliation process takes 7 business days (on average) to complete.

Actions You Can Take

  • See Resignation section.

  • Visit the Status Non-Select page on the NPC website: Here
     

Considerations
  • As an involuntary separation with greater than 6 years of service, you may be eligible for Involuntary Separation Pay (ISP). In order to receive the payment, you must sign the Page 13 in MILPERSMAN 1920-050 to agree to serve 3 years in the SELRES/VTU/IRR, and turn into your PSD. PSD will verify your eligibility IAW MILPERSMAN 1920-040, and calculate the amount of ISP you are entitled to per the MILPERSMAN 1920-060. This calculation will be notated on your DD-214.
  • You may be eligible for financial incentives (rank and designator dependent). Please reach out to your TA to discuss eligibility and associated obligations.
Service Members Looking To Join The Reserves To Pursue A Reserve Retirement
General Comments
  •  For a non-regular (reserve) retirement, you must have 20 years of eligible service active duty and reserve combined. Career Transition Office (CTO) will assist the member in affiliating into the reserves (as a Volunteer Training Unit / VTU member) in order to be able to process a reserve retirement.
Overall Process
  • Member will be put in touch with CTO as someone who is separating from active duty and is joining the reserves to retire.  CTO will facilitate in gaining member into the VTU and put member in contact with the appropriate Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) to ensure seamless retirement transition.  This NOSC is the reservist support center.  The member will be assigned to whichever NOSC will be physically closest to where the member will be residing at post active duty. 
  • To be able to submit the reserve retirement processing request, the member must be gained into NSIPS as a reservist.  This will take around 1-2 weeks after the member’s last day on active duty.  The member must be shown as a loss from active duty and cannot be gained as a reservist until this occurs.  Once gained into NSIPS as a reservist, CTO will inform both the NOSC and service member of the NSIPS gain.  Once the NOSC is informed of the NSIPS gain, they will begin the process to start the retirement by informing PERS-91.  At this point, PERS-91 will complete the retirement request.
FAQ

How long before I will be able to receive pay?
You will not be able to collect your reserve pension until age 60.

If I am over age 60 when will I collect it?
As soon as possible and you will be back paid for the last day of service or drilling as required.  As an example, if you are age 62, separate from active duty and then join VTU on Feb 1st  2021, you will NOT receive back pay for the period of time when you were active duty between ages 60-62.  You will be back paid to Feb 2021 assuming you don’t collect pay until March or April time frame.  Essentially, you cannot receive reserve retirement pay during a period of time when you were already receiving active duty or reserve drill pay, no double dipping.             

I am age 62 have 18 years of active duty service and no reserve time, am I eligible to join the reserves and pursue a reserve retirement?
No.  You may be able to receive an age waiver to continue on either active duty or join the reserves.  Unless you receive a waiver OR have prior reserve service, we will not be able to bring you into the reserves.
 
 
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