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Reserve Personnel Management Division

Reserve Personnel Services Branch (rpm-3)
Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and Standby Reserve (ASL and ISL)

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Members in the IRR, ASL or ISL are administratively assigned to RPM, unless approved to Drill for Points Only (DFPO) or on active duty orders. RPM-3 performs all command and SPO functions for IRR, ASL and ISL members assigned to RPM. While assigned to the IRR, ASL or ISL, members have specific requirements they must perform to be considered satisfactory participants. All members should become familiar with the IRR and Standby Reserve Member Guide and the applicable requirements in the Reserve Policy Manual (CIM 1001.28). A vast majority of required tasks while in the IRR, ASL or ISL can and should be performed electronically by using the self service module in Direct Access (IRR and ASL only) or by emailing the RPM-3 Servicing Personnel Office (SPO) at: If you prefer to mail documents to RPM-3, our mailing address is:

2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Mailstop 7200
Washington, DC 20593-7200

IRR and Standby Reserve (ASL/ISL) Member Guide

The IRR and Standby Reserve Member Guide outlines the basic requirements and responsibilities for members while assigned to the IRR, ASL or ISL. The Member Guide answers several frequently asked questions. All IRR, ASL and ISL members are highly encouraged become familiar with the Member Guide. In the event the Member Guide does not answer your question, please contact the RPM-3 staff.

Correspondence Courses

Members in the IRR and ASL may be required to complete Reserve correspondence courses in order to have a satisfactory anniversary year. All officers, and any enlisted member with 20 or more years of satisfactory service (i.e. issued a 20 year letter) are required to earn 50 retirement points during each anniversary year. Failure to earn 50 points during an anniversary year will result in transfer to the ISL or separation for failure to meet participation standards..

Correspondence course completion certificates must be emailed to: in order to receive retirement point credit. Your point values will populate to your Reserve Points Statement (sometime referred to as Reserve Member Balances). You are highly encouraged to review your Reserve Points Statement to ensure your points were credited as you expected. Point values do change periodically and are based on the date the course is completed. A list of approved correspondence courses for retirement points is available at:

NOTE: Retirement points for a specific correspondence course can be credited only once in a member’s career (CIM1001.28, paragraph 8.K.3).

Transferring to the Selected Reserve (SELRES)

IRR members desiring to return to the SELRES must first be slated for a SELRES assignment by RPM-2. Once slated for an assignment, IRR members must successfully complete a series of medical, dental and administrative tasks before they will eligible to transfer to the SELRES. ASL and ISL members must complete a Reserve Component Category Change request (RCC) to the IRR before they can compete for a SELRES assignment or request transfer to the SELRES.

RCC Requests

RPM-1 Status is responsible for approving all RCC requests. However, as the command for IRR, ASL and ISL members, RPM-3 must endorse all RCC requests involving IRR, ASL and ISL members before RPM-1 Status will approve. To request an RCC out of the IRR, ASL or ISL, complete the documents below and email them to the RPM-3 SPO at: Please allow up to 30 days for processing.

  1. CG-1001 - Change in Reserve Component Category
  2. CG-3307 AT-10 A, B, C or D (choose appropriate one below)
    1. AT-10A: Transfer to IRR [ Officer | Enlisted ]
    2. AT-10B: Transfer to ISL [ Officer | Enlisted ]
    3. AT-10C: Transfer to ASL [ Officer | Enlisted ]
    4. AT-10D: Transfer to SELRES [ Officer | Enlisted ]
  3. DD-2760 - Qualification to Possess Firearms or Ammunition

Drill for Reserve Retirement Points Only (IRR only)

IRR members may be authorized to perform non-paid IDT and ADT for retirement point credit only (no pay). This is commonly referred to as ‘drilling for points’ or ‘DFPO’. Approval from RPM must be obtained prior to an IRR member drilling for points or performing any other duty. Additional information is available on the DFPO website.

Regular To Reserve (R2R) Appointment Panel

The Regular to Reserve (R2R) Panel is typically convened every February and October to consider members with regular commissions who are released from active duty, or who are within one year of discharge for a Reserve commission in accordance with Chapter 1.G of CIM1000.3.

Officers with an active duty commission that desire to affiliate with the Coast Guard Reserve must request appointment as a Reserve officer through the R2R Panel. RPM-1 (not RPM-3) is responsible for the R2R process. As such, questions about transitioning from active duty to the Coast Guard Reserve should be directed to RPM-1 by emailing:

All regular commissioned officers considering a Reserve commission are strongly encouraged to begin planning well in advance of their separation date (1 year if possible). Timing your transition correctly is extremely important and will help you avoid (or minimize) a break in service and/or limit the amount of time spent in the IRR or ISL.

Although the information below is intended to help members better understand the transition process more fully, the information below should NOT be used as a substitute for promulgated guidance from RPM-1. RPM-1 is the definitive source for all things pertaining to the R2R process and overrides anything below.

Frequently Asked Questions about the IRR / ISL / ASL

FAQ's about IRR / ISL / ASL

Additional Resources

U.S. Coast Guard Reserve website:
RPM-1 – Reserve Component Category Branch:
RPM-2 – Reserve Assignment Branch:
Message Traffic (Internet releasable only):

SPO Contact Information

RPM-3 Branch Chief: LT Jarod Ross,
Drill for Points Requests:
IRR to SELRES Transitions:
Reserve Medical:
Reserve VA Education:

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