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MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA RA//
SUBJ/ENLISTED MARINE ACCESSION PROCESS INTO THE ACTIVE RESERVE (AR)PROGRAM//
REF/A/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20110606//
REF/B/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20110502//
REF/C/MSGID: DOC/RA/YMD: 20160921//
REF/D/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20150807//
NARR/REFERENCE (A) IS MCO 1001.52J MARINE CORPS ACTIVE RESERVE PROGRAM ORDER. REFERENCE (B) IS MCO 1040R.35 MARINE CORPS RESERVE CAREER RETENTION AND DEVELOPMENT MANUAL. REFERENCE (C) IS MARADMIN 497/16 INFORMATION GUIDANCE FOR RANK AND DATE OF RANK (DOR) ADJUSTMENT OF ACTIVE RESERVE (AR) ENLISTED ACCESSIONS. REFERENCE (D) IS MCO 1900.16 CH 1 MARINE CORPS SEPARATION AND RETIREMENT MANUAL.//
POC/PETER E. KLEMPAY/MAJ/RA (RCT)/TEL: 703-784-0581/EMAIL: SMB-RIT(AT)USMC.MIL//
KRYSTAL TAGALOA/GYSGT/RA (RCT)/TEL: 703-784-0535/EMAIL: SMB-RIT(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. This message pertains to enlisted Marines interested in joining the AR Program and outlines the submission process and administrative requirements for Prior Service Recruiters (PSR), Career Planners (CP), and the individual Marine in order to affiliate new accessions to the AR Program. Guidance for officers seeking to join the AR Program will be communicated annually via separate correspondence.
a. The AR Program provides a cadre of well-trained and experienced Reserve Component (RC) Marines to serve as a critical element of the Marine Corps full-time support to the RC, as required by reference (a). AR Marines assist with organizing, preparing, and administering: policies, regulations, training, instructing, recruiting, retention, and administration for the Marine Corps Reserve. AR Marines facilitate the integration of the Total Force.
b. Marines approved to join the AR Program will fill a variety of billets in support of the RC across the globe.
c. Marines interested in applying to the AR Program should contact a PSR to submit an application package via Total Force Retention System (TFRS). The unit CP may also submit enlisted AR applications when the PSR is not available or Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) meets fiscal year mission requirements and are no longer processing AR requests.
2. Eligibility criteria, retention, career progression, rank and Date adjustments are outlined in references (a) through (c).
3. Submission Process. A request for accession to the AR program is submitted as a Reenlistment, Extension, and Lateral Move (RELM) request in TFRS to Reserve Affairs (RA) (RCT). PSRs/CPs should use the AR accession (with reenlistment or extension) RELM type.
a. Current Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) availability and an example package for AR accessions are published via Reserve Duty TFRS message number R65374.
b. Requests are approved approximately 30 days upon receipt of the AR join package by RA (RCT). Inaccurate, incomplete, or waiver requests may extend the processing time.
4. Approval Process. Once approved for accession on the AR program the PSR or CP will notify the Marine. The final approval will contain the approved duty station, Primary MOS (PMOS), DOR adjustment, date of accession, tour length, and additional contractual time as required.
a. Tour lengths are 36 to 48 months based on the assignment, retention, and training requirements.
b. The accession date will be assigned by RA (RCT).
c. The billet assignment and location will be assigned by RA (RAM).
d. RA (RCT) will approve contractual time as required to facilitate the execution of the initial accession orders. AR Enlisted Career Force Controls (ECFC) will be utilized when determining service limitations for initial accessions onto the AR Program.
5. Acceptance Process. Upon approval, the Marine has 10 calendar days to accept or decline accession to the AR program. AR accession orders will be issued by RA (RCT) 30 days prior to the approved accession date. The orders will be written after the RELM has been accepted in TFRS by the PSR/CP and all documents have been completed and uploaded to the RELM. The following actions must occur prior to orders being issued:
a. The TFRS approval must be signed by the PSR/CP, the Marine applicant, the Officer in Charge (for RELM submitted by PSR) or the Commanding Officer (for RELM submitted by a CP), and uploaded in TFRS.
b. The acceptance letter must be completed, signed by the Marine, and uploaded in TFRS.
c. When contractual time is approved in conjunction with an AR Accession request, the Reenlistment Contract (DD Form 4) or Agreement to Extend Enlistment (NAVMC 321a) must be completed, reflected in Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS), and uploaded in TFRS.
d. The TFRS approval must be “Accepted” by the PSR/CP prior to the “no later than date” and routed to a “Complete” status not later than 30 days after the approval date.
6. Marines who received, or are receiving separations pay under involuntary conditions, voluntary separations pay, Post 9/11 Transfer of Educational Benefits (TEB), or an incentive/bonus may be subject to recoupment by the United States Government upon accession per reference (d).
a. Voluntary Separations. Marines will have their payment of basic pay deducted in monthly installments as the Secretary concerned specifies, until the total amount deducted equals the total amount of voluntary separation pay received. The following situations apply to Marines who:
(1) Previously received voluntary separation pay and later qualify for and receive disability compensation, or
(2) Voluntarily returns to active duty in excess of 180 days, or
(3) Later qualifies for retired or retainer pay.
b. Separations pay under involuntary conditions. Marines will have their basic pay deducted in monthly installments as the Secretary concerned specifies, until the total amount deducted equals the amount received. The following situations apply to Marines who:
(1) Previously received separations pay upon involuntary discharge, or
(2) Released from active duty and who later qualify for and receives disability compensation, or
(3) Later qualifies for retired or retainer pay.
7. Lateral move (LatMov) MOS retraining. Marines who do not have an MOS that is compatible with the AR Programs needs may be retrained to another MOS. When accepted for accession as a LatMov, the following steps will be executed:
a. As required, the Marine will execute a Permanent Change of Station, or Permanent Change of Assignment move and join the unit.
b. Coordinating with the Marine, the unit leadership, and the training section, the gaining unit CP will submit a request to retrain the Marine no later than 30 days from the date the Marine checks into the unit. The retraining request will be submitted via TFRS utilizing the Reserve Lateral Move RELM type with the following attachments completed:
(1) NAVMC HQ971 (12-10) (EF – X-Org Worksheet)
(2) Headquarters Marine Corps FY (Current Year) Training Request Form
(3) The completed AR accession letter
c. Upon approval of the request to retrain, the following actions will occur:
(1) The TFRS approval will be signed by the Commanding Officer, the Marine applicant, and the CP, then uploaded to TFRS, and accepted and routed to “Complete”.
(2) The CP will provide a completed copy of the TFRS approval to the Units Administrative Chief and funds manager in order to allow processing of Defense Travel System (DTS) orders in accordance with the guidance provided in the TFRS approval.
(3) The Training Chief is responsible for ensuring the Marine meets, completes, and is equipped with all of the requirements for the appropriate designated MOS-producing school/course.
(4) Upon completion of the school/course, the unit Administrative chief must ensure the required unit diary entries and DTS travel voucher reconciliation are completed within five days.
d. The Marine must commence the MOS-producing school/course within one year of joining the unit or the Marine may be ineligible for career designation and may be released from the AR Program.
8. Rank and DOR adjustments are outlined in reference (c).
9. Waivers to eligibility requirements set forth in this MARADMIN or references (a) and (b) will be adjudicated by RA (RCT).
10. Release authorized by Colonel J. M. Morrisroe, Director, Reserve Affairs Division, Acting.//