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New office eases Reserve, active transitions.

The Navy recently announced the establishment of the Career Transition Office (CTO) to assist Sailors transitioning between the Navy's active and Reserve components.

"The overall goals of the CTO are to ease the transition of personnel into active-duty and Reserve billets, decrease transition processing times and error rates and increase Reserve affiliation among qualified Sailors leaving active duty," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel.

The CTO was established under the Navy's continuum of service initiative. It's designed to develop flexible service options to meet Sailor's individual career objectives.

"The Navy Reserve offers excellent opportunities for Sailors to continue their Navy careers while pursuing their goals in the civilian world. By reaching out to those Sailors leaving active duty, the CTO will help them make informed decisions about the options available to them in the Navy Reserve. Navy Reservists often claim they have the best of both worlds," said Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, chief of Navy Reserve.

According to NAVADMIN 229/09, the first of three spirals is to be phased in during the next 14 months. The CTO is focusing on the 1,700 officers who depart the Navy annually. The CTO seeks to increase the number of departing officers who affiliate with the Reserve which will further fortify the Reserve component with experienced Navy veterans.

Spiral 2 will address enlisted personnel transitions, integrations with Career Management System Interactive Detailing and Sailors separating due to Perform to Serve. Spiral 3 will address Reserve component to active component flow.

"We are reaching out to officers every day. We talk to officers in Iraq, Japan, Germany and while on deployment at sea. Regardless of where you are in the world, we can help you," said Ensign Andrea Fallas, a Reservist recalled as a transition assistant assigned to the CTO.

Benefits for Reserve affiliation include inexpensive medical and dental coverage for Reservists and their families, up to a $20,000 Reserve reenlistment bonus, up to $75,000 in special pay for officers and additional training if rating conversion is offered. Reservists also maintain base exchange and commissary privileges.

Additionally, Sailors departing after six years of active duty who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be eligible to transfer education benefits to their spouse or children by incurring and completing the four-year additional Armed Forces service requirement in the Navy Reserve.

The Navy Reserve offers a two-year deployment deferment for Sailors who join the Reserves within six months of leaving the active component. Sailors who affiliate with the Reserves after-six months, but within one year of leaving active duty, qualify for a one-year deferment from involuntary mobilization.

Future program plans for the CTO include managing all enlisted personnel by directing active-to Reserve transitions, centralizing administrative actions in processing and streamlining non-mobilization Reserve-to-active-duty transitions.

For more information, read NAVADMIN 229/09 and visit the CTO Web site at

Story by MCC(SW) Maria Yager, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tenn.
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Title Annotation:Career Transition Offic
Author:Yager, Maria
Publication:All Hands
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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