IRR Going Away?
It seems that the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) as we have long known it is going away.
Army to cull 12,000 officers out of Individual Ready Reserve (Stars & Stripes)
The Army is taking more than 12,000 Individual Ready Reserve officers off the rolls and out of the running for activation, unless they actively sign up to retain their commissions and stay available for war duty. The order is a reversal of a long-standing procedure that keeps Army officers in the IRR automatically unless they resign their commission, according to Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, a spokesman for the ArmyÃ¢€™s personnel office. The new rule Ã¢€œequalizesÃ¢€ the way officers and enlisted are treated in the IRR, Hilferty told Stripes.
The IRR is a category of about 118,000 soldiers who have left active duty or active reserve service who still have time left on their obligation to serve, which is a minimum of eight years. Enlisted personnel who want to stay in the IRR after their obligated time is up Ã¢€œmake a conscious decision to re-enlist,Ã¢€ Hilferty said. Until now, an officer who was not on active duty or active reserve status was automatically placed in the IRR, where he remained until he resigned his commission, reached mandatory retirement age, or died.
This might seem a minor administrative move but 410 officers who were still the IRR beyond their eight year obligation were under orders to mobilize until this order came down; 265 of them took the opportunity to resign.
Still, combined with a recent decision to suspend IRR call-ups for the Iraq War and the fact that the Army is not attempting to punish AWOL IRR members, one wonders if the program itself will go away.
Ironically, I stumbled upon the first story doing research after receiving an email from a concerned reader who had received a telegram informing him he’d been called up from the IRR. Given these policy changes, combined with his specialty being an odd one for call-up, I’m guessing he is the victim of a cruel hoax.
Army to Halt Call-Ups of Inactive Soldiers
Army Not Punishing AWOL IRR Members
Backdoor Draft? Reservists May Face Longer Tours of Duty
IRR Call-Ups Slow to Report
Army to Call Up Recruits Earlier
Reserve System Needs Change
Further IRR Call-Up Expected
IRR Call-Up Redux
IRR Call-Up Scam III
IRR Call-Up Scam II
IRR Call-Up Scam
Leaving the Military Reserves