Delay, exemption requests formal process

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By The Staff

U.S. Army Human Resources Command

Recent headlines have indicated that some Soldiers in the Individual Ready Reserve do not fully understand the process by which to request a delay or exemption from service, should they consider themselves non-deployable.

The U.S. Army Human Resources Command explains there is a formal process for those Soldiers who feel a need to submit such a request.

Mobilization orders for IRR Soldiers contain an 800 number that a Soldier may call to initiate a request for a delay or exemption, where the Soldier will be instructed on how to submit a request.

More than 50 percent of those who submit requests for delays or exemptions are approved.

Requests for delay or exemption need not be submitted by government officials on behalf of the Soldier. All requests are treated with the same care and consideration.  A Soldier who submits a delay or exemption request will not be mobilized until his or her case is adjudicated.

As a matter of routine, that Soldier will receive an administrative delay if the case cannot be adjudicated before the scheduled report date. Army Human Resources Command will notify the Soldier by phone and in writing of an administrative delay. That administrative delay will allow for a thorough review of information and documents provided by the Soldier.

Administrative delays are not unusual “special favors.” They are granted in accordance with standard operating procedures that exist to ensure a Soldier’s situation is carefully and completely considered.  

Instructions on the appeals process are provided to Soldiers who disagree with the findings of the Delay and Exemption Board.

Almost 72,000 Soldiers serve the nation today in the Individual Ready Reserve, with approximately 6,500 of those Soldiers currently serving on active duty.

Every Soldier who joins the military incurs an eight-year service obligation. A “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” or Department of Defense Form 214, releases a Soldier from active duty, but does not release the Soldier from the total eight-year obligation. Soldiers may serve two or four years on active duty, and are then transferred to the reserve to fulfill the remainder of their obligation. The IRR is one of several reserve programs a Soldier can enter.

Soldiers serving in the IRR are by no means inactive. There are many opportunities available for IRR Soldiers to continue their military careers. As IRR members, they can apply for active duty assignments, obtain professional development training, and earn promotions.