Here’s a summary of most commonly asked questions. If you still have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the Operational Support Office.
This FAQ page is intended as a guide for Naval War College Staff and Faculty wishing to utilize Reserve support, as well as those who may have Reserve students. Questions that are not adequately answered here may be addressed to the Operational Support Officer at 401-841-4068.
Prioritization schemes are based upon precedent. As human capital resources, they are also reviewed periodically via the Resource Management Board program.
Reserve funding and manpower ultimately belong to PNWC. The Chief of Staff, acting as his direct representative, represents final arbitration for all support disputes. Requests for reconsideration should be routed through the chain of command (appropriate directors or deans) for consideration by the COS. Please note, however, that the OSO has the most complete picture of Reserve support to the College. As such, prioritization changes are rare.
Like all other resources, Reserve support to NWC is finite. We are limited by both financial capabilities and the availibility of appropriate manpower. For the most part, Reservists volunteer to support NWC events, so lack of support may come from lack of interested parties.
The Operational Support Office advertises on our NWC website, as well as via Reserve government delivery portals.
While there are no hard "limits" on the number of Reservists requested for support, prioritization and "fair sharing" policies do come into play. With demand often greatly exceeding supply, the OSO office strives to fill the highest priority requirements first. Among requirements with similar priorities, we try to fair-share support across departments.
No, with a few caveats. The Reserve system is set up to allow Reservists to easily support events of up to two weeks in duration. Extensions may be requested out to 29 days for a particular member. Events beyond 29 days require extensive use of NWC discretionary resources, which are finite and in high demand. In the case of recurring, long term requirements, it is recommended that you consider other manning sources (active military, contractors, civilian employees, temp hires) to find a more permanent solution to your manning difficulties.
Reserve support is never guaranteed and may be limited by both financial and manpower resources. Please consider other manpower resources for your event. If your event really will not happen without Reserve support, you may appeal to the NWC Chief of Staff. In that case, you will obviously have to articulate a) Why you do not have any other manning COAs and b) Why support will need to be drawn from other high priority events to support your requirement.
Yes. In the Reserve Support Request form you can list by name requests. Please note that their support is not guaranteed and may be constrained by funding or other priorities.
While you can certainly encourage your own Reserve contacts to apply for a particular requirement, and can request them by name, there are multiple factors that affect which Reservists we ultimately bring on board. All Reserve support does need to coordinate with our Office to ensure that their orders are fully funded and supported.
Although we try to honor by name requests, sometimes fiscal realities do come into play. Generally speaking, we try to find the least expensive method of supporting a Reserve requirement. With that in mind, Reservists who are either more junior, local, or a combination of both may be selected to fill your requirement if they can both meet the mission requirement and provide considerable cost savings.
In your support request, we ask that you clearly articulate why your by name request is important. For example, a requirement for a very specific skill set may justify that by name request even at a higher fiscal cost. Previous knowledge of a general task or event, however, does not necessarily qualify as a specific skill set. For example, asking for ITC Jones to support a data networking requirement simply because ITC Jones has done this requirement in previous years may not support his by name request, especially if the task is general enough that any IT should be expected to be able to perform those duties.
Reservists are vetted through their NOSC for appropriate clearances by their NOSC, but we have no oversite on that process. We do ask Reservists to submit visit requests, but it is up to the event coordinator to ensure that all clearance requirements are met. Coordinators may certainly request a roster prior to event execution to initiate appropriate checks.
While we ask you to be as accurate as possible during event creation, needs of the mission come first and Reservists may be reassigned to meet mission goals as the event coordinator deems necessary.
Meal rates are entirely based on galley hours vs. expected work hours. If Reservists are provided adequate time to eat at the galley during open hours, then they are not eligible for PMR. PMR will only be authorized if they will be required to miss normal galley hours. Generally speaking, if a member has at least an hour free during open galley periods, then PMR is not authorized.
Submit a memo to the OSO/Reserve Affairs office that states which meals will be missed and for what reason. Our office will then generate an appropriate PMR memo and endorse orders accordingly. To facilitate this process, advanced notice is helpful (look at work hours prior to Reservist arrivals).
Reservists on orders are entitled to medical care at the clinic or IDC office with a couple of notable exceptions. Reservists may not be treated for conditions that existed prior to the start of their orders unless lack of said treatment would cause lasting harm (an emergency). Reservists also must request permission through Reserve Forces Command to engage in any sort of elective procedures while on orders. Generally speaking, the OSO/Reserve Affairs office should be notified, via the IDC, of any Reservists requiring medical care. Reservists should also self-identify as "Reservists on orders" when receiving care.
No. Reservists on orders to the Naval War College are considered full time employees/active duty members for the duration of their orders. As such, any additional work they perform is analogous to off duty employment. It would have to be a) approved as off duty employment and b) done during off duty hours in order to be valid. Therefore, Reservists cannot take time off from their assigned duties, staff or student, to attend to civilian employment matters. If a Reservist is insistent, than the proper course of action is to have the member request voluntary early termination of their orders.
Reservists are protected by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Members concerned about civilian employers infringing on their military duties should review USERRA guidelines at http:www.dol.gov/vets/programs/userra.