Find out how much you can qualify for.


A Navy Reserve Sailor aboard a ship

The mission of the Navy Reserve is to provide strategic depth and deliver operational capabilities to the Navy and Marine Corps team and Joint forces, in times of peace or war.

Navy Reservists seamlessly support and actively aid that mission, all while continuing to lead their own independent lives in the civilian world.


As a Reservist, you will work in the U.S. or abroad alongside Active Duty servicemembers to uphold the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment. Your service will amplify the Navy’s core capabilities, which include forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster response.


The Navy Reserve prides itself on being the go-to force that provides valuable, vital support to all areas of the Navy. As individuals and as units, Reservists serve side-by-side with Active Duty counterparts in direct support of the Fleet -making the most of proven and potential abilities as they lead lives of pride, purpose and heroism on a mission that serves a greater cause.


In the Navy Reserve, men and women from all walks of life join together to experience unrivaled training, undeniable purpose and uncommon adventure. Click here to learn more about roles and responsibilities.


Roles & Responsibilities

In the Navy Reserve, men and women from all walks of life join together to experience unrivaled training, undeniable purpose and uncommon adventure. Click here to learn more about roles and responsibilities.


The Navy Reserve is the Reserve Component (RC) of America’s Navy. Within this structure, 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. As a Reservist, you will fall into one of the following categories depending on your military experience, military status and individual situation.


The Ready Reserve provides a pool of trained servicemembers who are ready to step in and serve whenever and wherever they are 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 is the largest and most relied upon of the Ready Reserve. It consists of:

  • Drilling Reservists/Units – These are designated Reservists who are available for recall to Active Duty status. They serve as the Navy’s primary source of immediate manpower. They typically fulfill the traditional service commitment of one weekend a month and two weeks a year. They receive many of the same benefits and perform many of the same duties as their Active Duty counterparts. This includes people on initial Active Duty for training.
  • Full-Time Support – These are designated Reservists who perform full-time Active Duty service that relates to the training and administration of the Navy Reserve program. They may be assigned to shore activities, commands, or operational units. They are not typically reassigned to different locations as often as those on regular Active Duty, but they receive the same pay, allowances and benefits as Active Duty members.


This group consists of people who have had training or have previously served in an Active Duty component, or in the Selected Reserve:

  • Inactive Status – These members of the Individual Ready Reserve do not drill, are not obligated to take part in military activities. They do not receive pay or benefits.
  • Active Status – People assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve may be eligible to receive pay or benefits for voluntarily performing specific types of Active Duty service.


The Standby Reserve is made up of Reservists who have transferred from the Ready Reserve after fulfilling certain requirements established by law. The most common Standby Reservists are people 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 receive retired pay, or are qualified for retired pay, upon reaching 60 years of age.

Rate/Rank Converter


Rates, ranks and terminology that indicate a servicemember’s status differ by military branch. However, grades (E-1 to E-9 for Enlisted and O-1 to O-10 for Officer) indicate how status equates across the uniformed services. The Navy Reserve will make every effort to place you in the same pay grade you previously held. Once you know where you stand, you can see how your former pay grade compares.