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Army Reserve Voluntary Selective Continuation of Mobilized Officers

What is it?
To maintain force stability in alerted and mobilized reserve component units, the Army has used the authority in Section 14701, Title 10, United States Code, to voluntarily retain lieutenant colonels and colonels who are alerted for, or ordered to, active duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) but have reached their Mandatory Removal Date (MRD). An officer's MRD is based on reaching the maximum years of commissioned service for the officer's rank (normally 28 years for lieutenant colonel and 30 years for colonel) or age 60, whichever comes first. The period of Voluntary Selective Continuation is limited to the duration of the officer's mobilization plus 90 days, but will not continue beyond 33 years of commissioned service for lieutenant colonels or 35 years of commissioned service for colonels. This Selective Continuation does not apply to officers reaching MRD based on age. Upon completion of mobilization, officers shall be processed for separation or retirement, unless otherwise retained.

What has the Army done?
The Chief, U.S. Army Reserve, requested the authority to approve exceptions to length of service removal for officers. On Oct. 11, 2005, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs approved the Voluntary Selective Continuation of Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Active/Guard/Reserve lieutenant colonels and colonels who are alerted for, or ordered to, active duty in support of the GWOT.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
In conjunction with the active component and the Army National Guard, the Army Reserve will continue to analyze shortages with reserve component units to determine if Voluntary Selective Continuation alleviates personnel shortages for deploying units.

Why is this important to the Army?
This change has given Army Reserve commanders the flexibility to manage their senior leadership needs at a time when experienced leadership is critical. The Army Reserve is facing a critical shortage of senior officers to meet the mission requirements. Voluntary Selective Continuation provides a means to partially offset shortages and to keep unit leadership in place prior to and during mobilizations and deployments.