Posted on Nov 22, 2013
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How do Guardsmen or Reservist &nbsp;decide whether to go to to ING , IRR or Select Reserve?&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>Which one keeps the clock running for retirement points and benefits ? &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">When does one chose one over another ? Please share your wisdom, knowledge or experience on this topic. Which is the "best spot" to be in and why ?&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-size: 13px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 13px;">References to regs ,tribal knowledge/actionable intelligence is welcome.</span><div><br></div></div>
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The question to be asked is how much does the member want to participate? If the desire is continue to advance one's career; re-integrate into the active duty world at some point in the future (I've moved into/out of the active duty world three times in my career & would again if I could find another open billet reasonably close to home), or just build a military reserve retirement (i.e. accrue enough annual retirement points), then the Select Reserve is the place to go. This requires monthly weekend drills, and annual active duty training requirements. It also exposes the member to involuntary recall to active duty under some pretty liberal terms. Title 10 of the US Code provides some broad recall authorities, and during the last ten years, they have been exercised frequently (a consideration with regard to your relationship with a civilian employer; college, or family situation). Most of the benefits are the same or similar to serving on active duty. The notable exceptions are military health care is not authorized; however, Tricare can be purchased for the individual or family at rates much lower than current market offerings. Also, T/A is not now authorized for SELRES members.

 

If the desire is to remain associated with the military for some period of time where active participation isn't possible (school, health issues, family concerns, etc.) the other two categories are probably more suitable. There are only minimum information verification requirements annually, and no routine participation requirements. It also requires more robust legal maneuvering to recall members to active service from the IRR. The obvious drawback is that one doesn't accrue significant retirement points, and receives no benefits reserved for those are actively participating.

 

Hope that helps.

 

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SCPO Young,
Thank you so very much for your time and details. 
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I have never heard of the ING. I am assuming that is the Individual National Guard so correct me if I am wrong. I would say the primary deciding factor should be do you want to continue to serve the nation or are you planning to get out at the end of your service obligation. Select reserve does allow you to continue to serve and accrue retirement points leading to a reserve retirement. There are various reasons people go into the IRR but primarily it is to complete the 8-year military service obligation. The clock keeps running and you can get retirement points but select reserve gives you the best opportunity to get a qualifying year of 50 or more points. Being in the IRR only gives you 15 membership points so you would have to do a lot more distance learning, etc. to get a qualifying year. I left active duty in 1996 and went into the IRR. I was promoted to Major in the IRR and then in 1998 joined a reserve unit. I ended up with two "bad" years since I only got the membership points. Select reserve also requires a commitment from you to attend the weekend drills and AT. Those do not always happen when they are convenient to you. So again, it comes back to do you want to continue to serve and make that commitment or not.
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Related question - 
Once a National Guards SM moved to ING, is it possible to move to Army/Air Reserves from ING ? 

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SFC Stephen P.
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Not directly. You would first have to go to the IRR. From what I've seen, the ING isn't used to the extent it once was.
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