Security Levels

National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) check current status

Reserve Personnel Management Division

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Ready Reserve?

  2. What is the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)?

  3. Do IRR Members receive an ID Card?

  4. Do IRR Members receive Commissary privileges?

  5. Do IRR Members have access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs and privileges?

  6. Can IRR Members receive Vehicle Decals?

  7. Can I earn retirement points while in the IRR?

  8. Can I earn satisfactory retirement years while in the IRR?

  9. What happens to me if I don't earn a minimum of 50 retirement points in my anniversary year?

  10. I just received my 20-year-letter and am eligible for retirement. How do I request my retirement?

  11. What am I required to do while in the IRR?

  12. What is the Annual Screening Questionnaire (ASQ)?

  13. Can I return to Selected Reserve drilling status (SELRES)?

  14. When my enlistment/obligation is complete can I request reenlistment in the IRR?

  15. Are IRR Members eligible for the Tri-Care Dental Program (TDP)?

  16. Do IRR Member receive any educational benefits?

  17. Are IRR Members entitled to the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and/or Veteran's Group Life Insurance (VGLI)?

  18. Can IRR Members use Space Available Travel?

  19. Are IRR Members eligible to receive Coast Guard Mutual Assistance?


What is the Ready Reserve?

The Ready Reserve is comprised of reservists who are liable for involuntary order to active duty in time of war or national emergency pursuant to 10 USC 12301, 10 USC 12302 and 14 USC 712.  The Coast Guard Ready Reserve consists of two categories:  Selected Reserve (SELRES) and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).

Back To Top

What is the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)?

Generally speaking, the IRR is a manpower pool comprised mainly of individuals who have had training, have previously served in the Active Component (AC) or in the Selected Reserve (SELRES), and have some period of their military service obligation (MSO) or other contractual obligation remaining. 

Subject to Coast Guard policies, some individuals volunteer to remain in the IRR beyond their MSO or contractual obligation and participate in programs providing a variety of professional assignments and opportunities for earning retirement points and military benefits.  IRR members are not required to meet the same Active Duty for Training (ADT) and Inactive Duty Training (IDT) requirements as SELRES members.  However, IRR members may volunteer for ADOS assignments (with or without pay), request to perform Inactive Duty Training (IDT) without pay subject to PSC-rpm approval in accordance with established policies and processes, and complete authorized correspondence courses to earn retirement point credit.  Eligible enlisted IRR members may compete in the annual Reserve Servicewide Exam in October and eligible IRR officers will compete for promotion

Back To Top

Do IRR Members receive an ID Card?

Yes; members of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and the Standby Reserve not on active duty receive DD Form 2 (Reserve) (Green). In addition, members being released from active duty with a Military Service Obligation (MSO) are part of the IRR and will be issued the green Reserve ID cards.  IRR members serving on active duty in excess of 30 days will be issued a Common Access Card (CAC) in accordance with Coast Guard and DOD policies.  Eligible dependents of IRR members shall be provided identification cards in accordance with Coast Guard and DOD policies.  Additional details about ID cards can be found in COMDTINST M5512.1A (series), Identification Cards for Members of the Uniformed Services, Their Eligible Family Members, and Other Eligible Personnel.

Back To Top

Do IRR Members receive Commissary privileges?

Yes; in accordance with DoDI 1330.17, members of the Reserve components (and authorized family members), with proper identification,  are entitled to unlimited commissary privileges, except when prohibited by treaty or other international agreements in foreign countries.

Back To Top

Do IRR Members have access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs and privileges?

Yes; in accordance with DoDI 1015.10, Military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Programs, IRR members have unlimited use authorization for all MWR programs.  A full listing of programs and descriptions can be found in Enclosure 5 of DoDI 1015.10.

Back To Top

Can IRR Members receive Vehicle Decals?

Yes; IRR members possessing a valid military ID, and proper registration and insurance documentation, may receive a vehicle decal in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in COMDTINST M5530.1C, Physical Security and Force Protection Program.  Members should apply for a decal from the Coast Guard unit or DoD facility that is most frequently visited.

Back To Top

Can I earn retirement points while in the IRR?

Yes.  All members of the ready reserve (SELRES and IRR) receive 15 membership points for each anniversary year of Reserve membership.  Membership points are pro-rated if less than a full anniversary year is served.  Members of the IRR may also earn retirement points for completing authorized active duty and/or inactive duty training and for completion of authorized correspondence courses and for performing IDT (without pay).

For more information on reserve retirement points, please read Chapter 8.C of the Reserve Policy Manual.  Additional information regarding completion of correspondence courses for retirement point credit can be found on the Reserve web page at:  http://www.uscg.mil/reserve/retirement.asp.

For more information on "drilling for points," please visit the RPM-3 web page at: http://www.uscg.mil/rpm/rpm3/irr

Back To Top

Can I earn satisfactory retirement years while in the IRR?

A qualifying year of satisfactory service for non-regular (i.e., reserve) retired pay is a full year during which a regular or reserve member is credited with a minimum of 50 retirement points.  As outlined above, members of the IRR can earn 50 or more retirement points in an anniversary year and therefore, earn satisfactory years for retirement.

Back To Top

What happens to me if I don't earn a minimum of 50 retirement points in my anniversary year?

If you are an enlisted member, with less than 20 years of total satisfactory service for retirement, you will not be credited with a satisfactory year of service for retirement.  This means that you must perform an additional year of satisfactory service (i.e., you must complete another year of service and earn at least 50 retirement points) in order to get credit for retirement purposes.

If you are an officer, or a member of the Ready Reserve (SELRES or IRR) or Standby Reserve, Active Status List (ASL) with at least 20 years of satisfactory service for retirement, you MUST earn the minimum 50 points per anniversary year to avoid removal from active status per Chapter 4.B.5 of the Reserve Policy Manual.

Back To Top

I just received my 20-year-letter and am eligible for retirement. How do I request my retirement?

A Reservist who has completed at least 20 years of satisfactory federal service and has reached eligible retirement age, may request transfer to RET-1 (Retirement with Pay) status.  A Reservist who has satisfied all requirements for RET-1, except having reached eligible retirement age, may request transfer to RET-2 (Retirement Awaiting Pay) status.

To request retirement, you must complete a Reserve Retirement Transfer Request (CG-2055A) and submit it to PSC-rpm-1 for processing AT LEAST 90 days prior to your requested retirement date.

Additional information regarding retirement may be found in Chapter 8.C of the Reserve Policy Manual.  Additional information regarding early receipt of retired pay may be found in ALCGRSV 051/09, Requesting Early Retirement.

Back To Top

What am I required to do while in the IRR?

Satisfactory participation standards are outlined in Chapter 4.A.6 of the Reserve Policy Manual..All IRR members are obligated to:  1) Answer official correspondence; 2) Respond to Annual Screening Questionnaires (ASQ); 3) Promptly advice PSC-rpm-3 of changes in residence, phone number, mailing address, marital status, dependency status, civilian employment, and any physical condition or other factor that would affect the member’s immediate availability for active military service; 4) maintain physical fitness and weight standards; and 5) Officers and members who are retirement eligible (i.e., have received their 20-year letter) MUST accrue a minimum of 50 retirement points each anniversary year to avoid transfer to inactive status.

Back To Top

What is the Annual Screening Questionnaire (ASQ)?

As a member of the Ready Reserve (SELRES or IRR), you are required by law and policy to keep the Coast Guard informed of your mobilization readiness.  The mechanism for updating mobilization readiness is the Annual Screening Questionnaire (ASQ).  All members of the IRR are required to update their ASQ AT LEAST annually AND anytime key information changes.  ASQs can be updated at any time via Direct Access, RPM-3's ASQ webpage, or by sending a completed, signed hard copy form CG-3799R (Reserve Annual Screening Questionnaire).  If you complete your ASQ in Direct Access please notify RPM-3 via email so the SPO can review and update your information. Failure to keep the Coast Guard informed of your mobilization status via the ASQ may result in your recall to active duty for a period of up to 45 days, transfer to the Standby Reserve Inactive Status List, or immediate processing for separation.  Please ensure that you respond to PSC-rpm requests to update your ASQ and be sure to maintain your most current address in Direct Access so that we may reach you if needed.

Back To Top

Can I return to Selected Reserve drilling status (SELRES)?

Yes; provided there is a SELRES billet available in the geographic are you request assignment to. The first step is to complete the Change in Reserve Component Category (RCC) form and return it to PSC-rpm via E-mail, facsimile (202-493-1776), or mail (see Contact Information on web page).  Once you have been cleared for transfer from the IRR to the SELRES, a member of the Reserve Assignments Branch (PSC-rpm-2) will work with you on your assignment to a SELRES position at a Coast Guard unit.

Back To Top

When my enlistment/obligation is complete can I request reenlistment in the IRR?

Yes, provided you meet the eligibility requirements for reenlistment outlined in Chapter 1.G of the Personnel Manual.  However, you should keep in mind that you are required to meet satisfactory participation requirements outlined in Chapter 4.A.6 of the Reserve Policy Manual, and you must be ready for mobilization.  RPM-3 notifies all IRR members three to six months in advance in order to determine their career intentions.  If your end of enlistment is near, and you have not been contacted by PSC-rpm-3 or if you have a special circumstance, please contact us.  Members who fail to notify RPM-3 of their intention to reenlist will be discharged at their scheduled expiration of enlistment date and a discharge certificate will be mailed to the address on file in Direct Access.

Back To Top

Are IRR Members eligible for the Tri-Care Dental Program (TDP)?

Yes; Inactive National Guard and Reserve service members are eligible for enrollment in the Tricare Dental Program (TD) when they are NOT on active duty.  Any National Guard/Reserve member who is called or ordered to active duty for a period of more than 30 consecutive days will be disenrolled from the TDP and will receive the same entitlements as an active duty service member.  Upon deactivation, National Guard/Reserve service members will be automatically re-enrolled in the TDP. 

More information on the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP), including benefits coverage, enrollment, and premiums, can be found at the TRICARE Dental Program web page:  http://www.tricaredentalprogram.com/tdptws/enrollees/benefits/benefits.jsp

Back To Top

Do IRR Member receive any educational benefits?

It depends; Members in the IRR do not qualify for educational benefits while members of the IRR.  However, a member may have earned eligibility for an educational benefit program based on his/her previous active duty status or SELRES participation.  If you have questions regarding your eligibility for reserve educational benefit programs, please visit the Reserve web page, or contact a VA Education Counselor at 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551).

Back To Top

Are IRR Members entitled to the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and/or Veteran's Group Life Insurance (VGLI)?

SGLI is a program of low cost group life insurance for servicemembers on active duty, ready reservists, members of the National Guard, members of the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Health Service, cadets and midshipmen of the four service academies, and members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

All participating members of the SELRES are eligible for full-time SGLI coverage.  However, coverage for IRR members is limited based on assignment and drilling status or performance of active duty.  IRR members must be performing active duty for periods of more than 30 days, or must be assigned to a Coast Guard unit and scheduled for a minimum of 12 periods of IDT to be eligible for full-time SGLI coverage. 

VGLI is a program of post-separation insurance which allows service members to convert their SGLI coverage to renewable term insurance.  Members assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) are eligible for VGLI.  Members with full-time SGLI coverage are eligible for VGLI upon release from service.  Members must apply for VGLI within one year and 120 days from discharge.  Service members who submit their application within 120 days of discharge do not need to submit evidence of good health. Service members who apply after the 120-day period must submit evidence of good health.

If you wish to read more about premiums or information on SGLI and VGLI, or wish to apply for either, you may visit the Veteran Affairs’ (VA) insurance website at: http://www.insurance.va.gov/sgliSite/default.htm.

If you need to stop a SGLI allotment or have received a notice stating that you owe money for SGLI, please notify us.

Back To Top

Can IRR Members use Space Available Travel?

Yes; in accordance with DoD 4515.13-R, Air Transportation Eligibility, members of the Ready Reserve, and members of the Standby Reserve who are on the Active Status List; are eligible for travel with proper documentation (ID card and DD Form 1853, Authentication of Reserve Status for Travel Eligibility).

Back To Top

Are IRR Members eligible to receive Coast Guard Mutual Assistance?

Per the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Manual, only retirement eligible members of the IRR are eligible to receive assistance.  Generally, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is extended to reservists serving on extended active duty, member of the Selected Reserve, members of the Standby Reserve, Active Status List (ASL), and retirement-eligible members of the Individual Ready Reserve.  Additional information regarding Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is available at:  http://cgmahq.org/index.htm.

Back To Top

Remember, there are many benefits not listed here that you may be eligible for.  The Veterans Affairs webpage has a complete listing of all benefits along with home loans, veterans hospitals and educational information.  You may visit their website at: www.va.gov.

Back To Top

Download Plug-Ins: Some of the links on this page require a plug-in to view them. Links to the plug-ins are available below.
Click Here to Download Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF)
Last Modified 9/19/2013