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Shipmates' Symposium 12 Navy | Winter 2018 Readiness to Serve How Reservists Can Obtain the DD 214 I n a previous "Shipmate's Symposium" we offered advice about the importance of the DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty in finalizing one's military career. However, that article did not cover ways for Selected Reservists to obtain such a key discharge or release-from-service document when many do not get mobilized or serve a tour of active duty for 90 or more consecutive days in their entire career. is article will explain how one's individual mobilization readiness, in more than just the medical/dental sense, can provide an opportunity to gain the DD 214. First, we need to understand the (not so) subtle differences between regular Navy and Reserve Navy. Yes, we are "one Navy," but read the following mission statements: • Navy Mission — e mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggres- sion and maintaining freedom of the seas. • Navy Reserve Mission — e mission of the Navy Reserve is to deliver strategic depth and operational capability to the Navy, Marines Corps and Joint Forces in times of peace or war. In terms of the overall Navy mission into which the Navy Reserve must fit, this link can provide you with a greater understanding of "who is in charge of what," especially if you drill down on the Operating Forces sublink: org-top.asp Second, for enlisted and officers alike in the Selected Reserves, the most important thing that can be learned is how to optimize your career through: • Willingness to deploy or be mobilized, if possible, and how to be able to do so with other demands in your life. • Ability to remain ready — medically, dentally, educationally — but also mentally. • Choosing your lane, the one that allows others, not just superiors but peers, to see you as ready for more than drill weekends and two-week annual training periods. ere are two kinds of missions that will provide in the continental United States (INCONUS) and outside (OCONUS) opportunities for Active Duty for Training (ADT), Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW) or mobilization orders (these are the things that count in a career in terms of how to optimize retirement points but also how to get the valued DD 214). You do not have to be mobilized into a combat zone to obtain a DD 214. But you have to have certain knowledge and the kinds of experience that makes a Reservist "equal" in background to her/his active- duty counterpart. And that is how you fit into the two avenues — either the strategic or Navy missions: • Strategic Missions — Homeland defense, global war on terror, shaping/stability operations, deter- rence and conventional campaigns around the globe. • Navy Missions — Sea control, forward presence, maritime security operations, civil-military oper- ations, expeditionary power projection, crisis/ humanitarian response, counterinsurgency, coun- terterrorism, air/missile defense and many more. What are we discussing here, really? We're talking not just about a Navy force that is deployable and employable, but you, who would be adaptive and responsive. It's not just your Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) or Naval Officer Billet Code (NOBC) that keeps you in service. It is what you choose to do with it. In some cases, it is possible to have multiple NECs or NOBCs (Additional Qualification Descriptors [AQDs] or Subspecialty Codes [SSPs]) that will help you to fit into either a strategic mission (such as a joint or "purple" operation where you serve with members of other services such as Air Force or Army) or a Navy mission (such as being a military police officer in a foreign nation or during a human- itarian crisis response; serving as a mess specialist on a hospital ship responding to a mission; being a line or staff officer recalled to duty during war but serving stateside). And at times, your NEC/NOBC does not matter, depending upon need and mission, but also if you have civilian skills or military experiences or training that would allow you, as a civilian police officer who is an IT specialist in the Navy, for example, to

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