The Benevolent Savant Soup Chef thinks it is too easy to earn IRR points…
Recently I caught wind of the below message from Commander, Navy Reserve Force (CONAVRESFOR) (H/T to the AirWarriors Forum).
To summarize: Big Navy and/or Big Navy Reserve initiate this Goat Rodeo every few years or so when they decide that it is too easy for Navy Individual Ready Reservists (IRR) to earn retirement credit points through correspondence courses. I recall a major Kaibosh put on NKO courses about 5 or 6 years ago, which created a similar panic through the IRR.
Can’t say I didn’t see this one coming. At this same time last year, I alerted you all to the fact that COMNAVRESFOR made it darn near impossible to earn IRR retirement points – unless you are a DoD employee with a Common Access Card (CAC). In the same move, COMNAVRESFOR also made it impossible for CAC-Challenged Reservists to monitor their retirement point progress online.
Hey, I get it. It’s expensive for Big Navy to spend money on future retirement benefits in order to maintain a pool of mid-grade Navy Officers and Enlisted who are essentially kept as a strategic ‘surge volume’ for the Army. Big Navy is using every administrative tool at his disposal (Fitness Assessments, Sobriety Policies) to thin out the active duty ranks. There’s no reason to expect a different attitude towards the Navy’s Reserve.
…but the tone and content of the message is rather heavy-handed. There’s no definition of ‘These courses are Kosher, Those Courses are Bad’, and there’s no publicly accessible FAQ page (the ‘private.navyreserve.navy.mil’ links are- Once Again- Only accessible to DoD employees with CAC cards).
Mark my words- We Navy IRR Reservists will Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome. We’ve worked hard to earn our retirement benefits, and we will find a way to navigate the new obstacles placed between us and our retirement goals.
Oh, and I’ll be busy grinding out my points over the next month… expect the blog posting to dip a bit.
In the meantime, feel free to discuss amongst yourselves…
Here’s the actual message:
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FM COMNAVRESFOR NORFOLK VA
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
COMNAVRESFOR NORFOLK VA
SUBJ/POLICY CHANGE FOR AWARDING NON-PAY RETIREMENT POINTS FOR MSGID/GENADMIN/COMNAVRESFOR NORFOLK VA// CORRESPONDENCE COURSES// NAVRESFOR 016/14// POC/LUNA/LCDR/COMNAVRESFOR/NORFOLK VA/TEL: CML (757) 322-6595/
RMKS/1. The ability for Reserve Component (RC) personnel to receive retirement points for voluntary completion of correspondence courses is an important aspect of the Navy?s Total Force Continuum of Service concept. It enables the Navy to retain personnel with strategically valuable skills, expands the flexible service options for those unable to conduct regular drills due to short-term conflicts, and provides a method for crediting completion of electronically available training. To ensure the process for authorizing, auditing, and awarding of retirement points is compliant with DOD Instruction 1215.07, the following changes will go into effect 1 October 2014.
2. Commander, Navy Personnel Command (CNPC) has advised that they will cease automated crediting of retirement points for correspondence courses completed through Navy Knowledge Online, the Naval Education and Training Command non-resident training course website, and any other system which automatically awards retirement points for completion of electronically delivered training, effective 1 October 2014.
3. Non-pay retirement points for completion of correspondence courses shall be credited at the rate of one point per 4 hours of instruction. Courses which contain less than 4 hours of instruction are not eligible for retirement point credit. Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM) (N7) will maintain an Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) approved list of authorized courses. These courses will be posted to the Navy Reserve Homeport
default.aspx. If a course is not currently listed on the master course listing, it may be submitted to COMNAVRESFORCOM (N7) for routing to and possible approval by ASN for addition to the master list.
4. Awarding authorities will ensure the course of instruction is included on the list of authorized courses and provides such military value that it will enhance the individual RC Sailor?s professional development through:
a. Broadening their qualifications for duties to which they may be expected to perform upon mobilization, or b. Broadening their knowledge of the qualifications of those whose work they may supervise.
c. Sailors currently enrolled in correspondence courses not meeting the above criteria will have until 1 October 2014 to complete the course and receive credit. Such courses completed after
1 October 2014 will not be honored.
5. Authorizing and awarding authorities for completion of correspondence courses for retirement point credit are:
a. Navy Operational Support Center (NAVOPSPTCEN) Commanding Officer or designated representative is responsible for Selected Reservists
(SELRES) assigned to the Operational Support Unit and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) members of the Voluntary Training Unit and Voluntary Participation Unit, and b. Navy Reserve Unit Commanding Officer (which includes
squadrons) or designated representative for assigned SELRES, and c. PERS-912 for members of the IRR – Active Status Pool (IRR-ASP), and Standby Reserve-Active (USNR-S1), and d. PERS-912 for all Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. CME courses are reviewed and approved by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) prior to PERS-912 crediting.
e. COMNAVRESFORCOM (N14) for Strategic Sealift Officers assigned to the Strategic Sealift Readiness Group (RUIC 2525N).
6. Navy Reserve Activities (NRA) will complete and ensure the following procedures are met when processing correspondence courses for retirement points:
a. Follow procedures outlined in the NSIPS tutorial located at:
b. Ensure the Sailor receives prior approval from Commanding Officer or designated representative to enroll in and receive credit for the applicable correspondence courses via NAVPERS 1336/3, Special Request/Authorization.
c. Ensure the Sailor signs a NAVPERS 1070/613, Administrative Remarks, indicating their understanding that they may not receive retirement points for concurrent activities. Accordingly, they cannot be awarded retirement points for correspondence courses completed while in an Active or Inactive duty status, for which retirement point credit is awarded, such as Inactive Duty Training, Inactive Duty Training Travel, Inactive Duty, Additional Training Period, Additional Flying and Flight Training Period, Readiness Management Period, Annual Training, Active Duty for Training, Active Duty for Special Work, Definite Recall, or Mobilization.
d. Ensure the Sailor provides the NRA with a copy of the approved NAVPERS 1336/3 and course certificate of completion.
e. The NRA will verify the correspondence course is on the ASN approved list and that the member was not performing Inactive or Active service at the time of course completion prior to making the NSIPS entry.
7. Non-drilling IRR Sailors can fax or mail certificates of completion to PERS-912. Once sent, allow 60 days for the points to post to the online record. Certificates can be faxed to
(901)874-7044 or mailed to Navy Personnel Command, PERS-912, 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055. To confirm receipt or to answer questions concerning the crediting of courses call NPC Customer Service at 1-866-827-5672.
8. Credit for courses must be entered within 12 months of the completion date. All courses with completion dates outside of 12 months must be entered by PERS-912. The applicable approval authority must provide an approval endorsement with the completion certificate and forward it to PERS-912.
10. Released by VADM R. R. Braun, Commander, Navy Reserve Force.// BT
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