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Mission-Critical TDY Augmentation Procedures Help Guide

COMDTINST 5400.1A outlines SSB authority to affect TDY assignments and re-level personnel readiness across all mission areas.

A unit Commanding Officer or Officer in Charge should use the decision making table provided to determine if a request should be volunteer only or mission-critical. Once the mission-critical determination is made, submit a request via record message traffic to the cognizant authority listed in the paragraphs below.

Area units (i.e. WMEC, WHEC, WAGB, WMSL, etc.) shall forward requests to their cognizant Area Program Manager (LANT-1 or PAC-3), which will validate mission-criticality and forward their determination to CG PSC-PSD-SSB using the sample Area Cutter message provided.

District units, Logistics Centers, Service Centers (LC/SC) and HQ Directorates must first conduct an initial query via their Chain of Command in order to seek an internal competency fill. If the Chain of Command (e.g., WPB/Sector, Sector/District, ESU/C4ITSC, etc.) cannot fill using internal resources, then the request shall be forwarded from the District, LC/SC, or HQ Directorate to CG PSC-PSD-SSB via record message traffic using the sample District Cutter/Other unit message provided.

Requests for five or more personnel originating from District units must be forwarded through LANT-30//CDO// or PAC-33 as applicable.


Funding, including Civilian overtime, for mission-critical requests originating from District, LC/SC, and HQ Directorates remains the responsibility of the requesting entity or its cognizant authority.

If a unit authorizes the use of a Reserve member to fill a vacancy, or has questions related to Reserve policy issues, it shall work with its Sector RFRS staff or contact its cognizant District (dxr) staff to resolve those issues.

Mission Critical funding for Area Cutters is managed by PSC-PSD-SSB.


Mission-critical solicitations are advertised on the Mobilization Readiness Tracking Tool Volunteer Bulletin Board (MRTT VBB). The MRTT VBB tutorial is available to assist members and their commands with the MRTT VBB process.

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Last Modified 1/12/2016