Performing Navy Reserve Weekend Drills at Home

Navy Reserves Authorizes Telecommunting

NEW ORLEANS -- Increased flexibility is the order of the day for U.S. Naval Reservists, and the Navy is ready to serve. The Naval Reserve Force has authorized telecommuting as an appropriate means of performing inactive duty training (IDT), allowing many Reservists an alternative to long hours of travel. The telecommuting option is designed to increase productivity by maximizing resources and must be approved by unit commanding officers (CO).

The CO is responsible for approving and directing use of telecommuting, and for monitoring and reporting completion to the supporting Naval Reserve Activity (NRA).

Chief Personnelman Mary D. Campbell, Commander, Naval Reserve Forces (COMNAVRESFOR), Manpower and Personnel, said applying Reservists will be measured on a case-by-case basis.

“It’s a matter of the unit CO chain of command feeling that [the Reservist] will be accountable and responsible to actually do theses drills in one location and turn them in for pay,” said Campbell.

Certain restrictions will be in place to ensure Reservists approved for telecommuting IDT will complete real-world organizational and administrative requirements. For instance, participants will have to perform two drills per quarter at the supporting NRA. NRAs will be required to maintain a record of participants and the number of drills performed via telecommuting, in order to gauge the impact of telecommuting on drill execution.

Participants must also meet all administrative and medical requirements for the performance of a typical IDT.

Reservists who are approved for telecommuting IDT will be required to submit a Page 13 entry. 

Commander, Naval Reserve Force Vice Adm. John B. Totushek said the project adds flexibility for Reservists.

“This program is a result of our leading change initiatives,” Totushek said. “It continues the progression of increased flexibility in the use of SELRES assets that started with flexible drilling and incremental drilling. The success of this new initiative is dependent upon the professionalism and integrity of all who participate in the program. I am confident you will use this program to enhance the mission effectiveness of our Naval Reserve.”