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Army Individual Ready Reserve Muster

What is it?

Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) Soldiers have participation requirements, including muster duty. U.S. Army Human Resources Command may order an IRR Soldier to muster as often as once a year. A muster is a one-day event conducted at Army Reserve Centers and VA Centers throughout the country. Soldiers are paid about $200 for participating.

What has the Army done?

The Army has developed three types of musters:

The Personnel Accountability Muster (PAM) is designed for Soldiers during their first year in the IRR. The Soldier completes a virtual screening prior to going to an Army Reserve center, where he meets with an Army Reserve Career Counselor to receive an IRR orientation and learn about opportunities and benefits. He also completes the Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA), if applicable.

The Unit Visit (UV) is usually for Soldiers who do not live near urban centers, and is conducted during their second year in the IRR. The Soldier accomplishes PAM tasks while Troop Program Units (TPU) are conducting battle assemblies. The intent is to place IRR Soldiers in an environment where they can observe the camaraderie and esprit-de-corps that is available in a Reserve unit.

A Readiness Muster (RM) is usually for Soldiers who live near urban centers, and is conducted during their second year in the IRR. RMs are conducted in major cities around the country by Army Human Resources Command-St. Louis personnel with U.S. Army Reserve Command, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Federal Strategic Health Alliance. Soldiers accomplish PAM tasks, receive medical and dental screenings, and complete a modified Readiness and Deployment Checklist.


What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

About 14,000 IRR Soldiers will be mustered in 2009. In addition to PAMs and UVs, 13 RMs will be conducted. HRC continues executing the IRR Transformation Plan prepared by the G-1 in June 2005 with the goal of resetting and reinvigorating the IRR and improving readiness across the reserve component.


Why is this important to the Army?

Musters enhance IRR Soldier readiness. The end state is improved Total Army readiness. Musters ensure that our individual warriors are ready and available for unit augmentation, and provide a continuum of personnel service as Soldiers transition between active duty, the selected reserve and the ready reserve.

Resources:

U.S. Army Human Resources Command Web site

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