I was in the Navy and left active duty in 1998, then entering the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) for a minimum of three years in order to complete my eight year service obligation as an officer. While in IRR status, I didn’t drill and the Navy didn’t pay me, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. (I did swear in several new sailors who had been recruited when the local reserve center couldn’t locate one of their officers, and I enjoyed being able to help).
I assumed that when the three year IRR obligation ran out, I’d be out. Not so, it seems. I get yearly (maybe bi-annual) surveys asking about changes to my address, anything that would keep me from being deployed, etc. This, without having set foot on a base since 1998.
In 2002 I got a nice letter from Navy Personnel basically saying “get in or get out”, and “if you want to get out, check here”. I checked here, and sent it in. And kept getting update letters.
So, when I got an inducement flier from the local Reserve Recruiter, I got in contact with him, basically to ask about my IRR status, and he very nicely agreed to check into it.
He called me back the other day: I’m still in the IRR, in an “S2″ status. Here’s where I think they’re padding: he said that ‘if you were a pilot, or some other skill, you’d already have been separated from the IRR, but since you’re a doctor, you’re going to be on the rolls for a few more years unless you write them a letter and resign your commission’.
Now, it’s up to the Navy to figure out their manning, and I’m not distressed about being in the IRR (still), but now I think I’m being used to pad the Navy’s “Reserve Doctor” numbers. I wonder how many of the Navy’s reservist docs are in the same boat?