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The Navy Reserve is the Reserve Component (RC) of America’s Navy. And within the structure of the Navy Reserve, there are organizational categories that further define a member’s service responsibilities and commitment status. Each has its own way of contributing to the overall mission – some regularly and others only in special circumstances.
As a Reservist, you will fall into one of these categories based upon details such as your military experience, your military status and your individual situation.
The Ready Reserve provides a pool of trained servicemembers who are ready to step in and serve whenever and wherever needed. It is made up of the Selected Reserve – which includes Drilling Reservists/Units as well as Full-Time Support personnel – and the Individual Ready Reserve.
This group – the largest and most relied upon of the Ready Reserve – consists of:
This group consists of individuals who have had training or have previously served in an Active Duty component or in the Selected Reserve.
The Standby Reserve is made up of Reservists who have transferred from the Ready Reserve after fulfilling certain requirements established by law. Most common Standby Reservists are those who have been deemed key civilian employees by the government or those suffering through personal adversity or disability.
While they are not required to perform training and are not part of any specific unit, they do create a pool of trained individuals who could be mobilized, if necessary, to fill manpower needs in specific skill areas.
The Retired Reserve-Inactive is made up of Reservists who are drawing retired pay or are qualified for retired pay upon reaching 60 years of age.