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Navy Reserve: Ready Now. Anytime, Anywhere.

Navy Reserve: A Vital Part of the Navy Total Force

Whether working in the United States or abroad, ashore, at sea or in the air, today's Navy Reserve is an integral part of the Navy Total Force. Navy Reserve Sailors uphold the core values of honor, courage and commitment and prove that it's one Navy, one mission. Together, active and Reserve component Sailors make up one of the most capable forces the world has ever seen.


Navy Reserve personnel are fully integrated into global operations and planning. Like their motto says: Navy Reserve Sailors are Ready Now. Anytime, Anywhere!

An Enduring Mission

The mission of the Navy Reserve is to provide strategic depth and deliver operational capabilities to the Navy and Marine Corps team as well as to joint forces, from peace to war.

Established in 1915, the Navy Reserve has played an important role in every conflict since then. Today, at the tip of the spear, 6,500 mobilized or deployed Navy Reserve Sailors are providing about half of the Navy's ground forces serving in the U.S. Central Command and in other critical roles worldwide.

The Navy Reserve also responds to urgent requirements. For example, when an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Navy Reserve air crews and fleet logistics aircraft delivered urgently needed food, medical supplies and water. Navy Reserve doctors, nurses and hospital corpsmen provided care to the wounded, and Reserve Seabees, ground crews, logisticians and communicators provided "on-demand expertise" to bring in aid.


And every day, the Navy Reserve provides critical operational support. Reserve Sailors support ship maintenance, fly training and aggressor sorties, provide global intelligence support and much more.

What's in it for me?

Reserve Sailors enjoy a full array of benefits. But there's more: professional growth, personal pride, meaningful challenges and a greater cause.

Advance Your Professional Career

Navy Reserve Sailors continue to train and advance. Navy training, leadership and experience provides Reserve Sailors with skills that civilian employers find highly valuable. The Navy Reserve can bolster a resume, finance an education and provide state-of-the-art training - all while providing additional income.

Take Pride in the Company You Keep

Reserve Sailors stay connected to what they love about the Navy - the people. They share a common bond and a camaraderie that only exists among those who serve.

Your Commitment is Honored

The contribution of each and every Sailor is valuable. Service can and does vary from a few days per year to full-time service. As a Reserve Sailor, service matters.

Enjoy Exciting New Challenges

Sailors who want to take their skills to another level, be part of something bigger and make an impact on the world can do it in the Navy Reserve - while staying close to home, family and friends.

Strike A Balance

The Navy Reserve makes it possible to lead a balanced life and enjoy the best of both worlds. When Sailors continue serving in the Navy Reserve, they stay connected to the things that matter most - at home and on duty.

Unbeatable Benefits Provide Security and Flexibility

Navy Reserve benefits provide security while enabling Sailors to pursue career and education opportunities - benefits that are hard to match.

Health Care and Life Insurance

Reserve component Sailors and their families are eligible for highly affordable TRICARE Reserve Select medical care and dental benefits, as well as affordable Serviceman's Group life insurance for Sailors, spouses and children. Having this health and life insurance gives Reserve Sailors the flexibility to change jobs, go to school, start a family - on their terms.

Great Pay and Benefits

Navy Reserve Sailors earn pay and retirement credit, making it one of the only part-time jobs that provides a chance to earn a retirement. Reserve Sailors continue to compete for advancement and enjoy a wide variety of training, education, and travel opportunities (both duty and Space "A"). Reserve Sailors and their families have access to commissaries, exchanges, Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities, activities, gyms and clubs.

Life in the Navy Reserve

Traditionally, serving in the Navy Reserve requires a minimum of one weekend a month and two weeks a year. And there are many ways to fit the Navy Reserve into civilian life.

Reserve Sailors train at the nearest Navy Operational Support Center - there's one in every state, in Puerto Rico and Guam - or they may train at an active-duty Navy, Marine Corps or joint command. Exercises and other duty can take Reserve Sailors across the United States or around the globe.

Flexible drilling may be an option. Some fulfill their service commitment in a single, extended mission or serve on weekdays. There are many ways to serve that also support civilian careers or school schedules.

How I Do I Get Started?

It's easier than ever to keep serving - it's like changing lanes from the active component to the Reserve component. Plan early and make informed decisions!

The Navy Reserve offers affiliation bonuses of up to $20,000. Programs like the Career Transition Office, Career Management System Interactive Detailing and perform to serve with Selected Reserve option, show the options. Command career counselors have all the latest details.

With a Reserve billet and unit identified before leaving active duty, Sailors who change lanes can start serving immediately, even while attending school, embarking on a new career, or starting a family. Stay Navy!

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The Navy Reserve enables the continuum of service philosophy: recruit Sailors once and retain them for life through flexible service options that provide opportunities for meaningful and valued work across a career.


We cannot be the Navy we are today without our Reserve component. And the way that they move into our active force after having served in an active capacity is absolutely seamless. And the importance that we place on our Reserve programs is extremely high.

-- Adm. Gary Roughead Chief of Naval Operations
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Author:Roughead, Gary
Publication:All Hands
Article Type:Organization overview
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2011
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