Posted on Apr 18, 2016
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Info: Situations regarding TPU (army reserve soldiers) that have applied for and been selected for a Tour of Duty (active service for 180+ days for operational support) either via MOBCOP or PFI (personnel force innovation)
These soldiers are filling much needed manpower shortages, supporting mission success. Most of the orders are ADOS orders under title 10, provision 12301 (d). These locations can be CONUS or OCONUS, including hostile regions. Soldiers can chose to extend up to 1095 days.
Problem/Questions: it seems like these soldiers (depending on their home unit) can forget about career progression if they volunteer for these positions. one unit has finally issued promotion orders that are well overdue, but added that the soldier must REFRAD to accept the promotion. Keep in mind the unit or agency this soldier is activated to has paid for the PCS move and planned funds and manpower accordingly. the other situation is a unit has completely changed the Promotion Packet Composition, Elections and Preference Sheet to include the requirement of REFRAD w/in 90 days if selected for promotion.
How can you be encouraged to volunteer yet be punished from career progression by doing so?
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CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
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If you are a reservist and you mobilize you are taking up a slot in your home unit. You can be gone up to 1095 days 3 years. The challenge is that when you deploy you are going to be under the supervision of the unit you are mobilized with. So you are out of sight and in order to get promoted you are trying to get promoted in a slot in your unit and you may not have been there for 3 years. However someone that is still drilling with the unit make get the promotion. It is a balancing act and the Soldier has to take responsibility for his or her career and cant put all the owness or the unit.

I used to be a mobilization officer so I saw it all the time where a person was gone 7-8 years and was taking up a look in the home unit. So I think the unit is doing the right thing by letting the Soldier Mob for the 1095 but what is the Soldier doing in return? Just something to think about.
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The soldier is assisting in a mission. One that, is in my opinion (and others), far more important in the 'big picture' than drilling one weekend a month.
More importantly, why would anyone volunteer if they are stuck in limbo for advancement?
I'll assume when no one volunteers, it will then be filled by force with title 10, 12301(a)
How is that a better option?
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CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
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Yes that is correct and I understand what you are saying. If the person want to go active at least for 1095 days they should consider going active duty. If they do not have enough volunteers then they would use 12302 mobilization orders. It is designed to be short term not a long term option.
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I thought it is impossible to go from Reserve to active duty.
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SFC Terri Will
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Problem is that they are promoted into valid slots not in the unit they are on orders with. The unit they are promoted into is now short that NCO/Officer and still required to take care of that Soldier administratively as well as training. I had a Soldier like this that was promoted into my unit, with no intention of coming, but I was required to use one of my school seats to send her to school and wouldn't do any of the required things I needed from her (APFT, etc); also, we were required to produce an OER for her but had never met her. Then she volunteered for another tour. Too bad these soldiers can't get promoted into the units they're serving with, instead of the needs of the Reserves with the regular TPUs.
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MSG Brad Sand
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'How can you be encouraged to volunteer yet be punished from career progression by doing so?' Did you forget who you were working for?

The soldier is not activated, but on orders...slight difference but is important. The unit with promotion responsibility should be properly processing these packets (not saying they are but they should be). Everything can be waived, if needed, or can be worked around.
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