What is the IRR and Muster Duty?

The Individual Ready Reserve is a service that is mandatory for many veterans. When a service member signs their initial contract, it is usually for 2-6 years. If that service member did not re-enlist or have a contract beyond 8 years then they are automatically in the IRR. Within a month or less, the servie member will receive a letter in the mail and official military orders saying they have to report to muster duty. I received my letter recently and called the number that was listed to set up an appointment to fullfil my muster duty.

IRR Patch

As it turns out, muster duty was a very easy and painless process. My liaison that was assigned to me was great. She had me watch some videos on benefits that I am now eligible for and answered questions that i had about my new status. She also reactivated my AKO account so now I have access to AKO email and free educational services like Rosseta Stone.

She also told me what I had to do in order to get another Military I.D. card and informed that I would have full CAC-card priveleges while in the IRR. And at the end of it all, I set up a pay system and got a couple of hundred bucks for a few hours of easy work.

Muster duty sounds frightening but its not really not and if you receive that letter in the mail, go ahead and set up your appointment. There are so many benefits of being a Veteran that I did not know about until attending muster duty.

Here is a short video about the IRR from Major General Sean Byrne:

To learn more about the IRR please go to:

http://www.nlgmltf.org/article_reserve_forces_structure_irr.html

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/ar-perscom.htm

About Supriya.Vidic

Sgt. Supriya S. Vidic was born in the Fiji Islands and migrated to the United States when she was nine years old and became a naturalized citizen at the age of 13. She spent her life moving from one city to another and when she was 19 she decided to join the US Army from Kansas City, MO. Her first duty station was Camp Hovey, S. Korea which was 10 miles from the DMZ. In Korea she was a part of the 1st Brigade Troops Support Battalion under the 2nd Infantry Division. While there she made the rank of Sergeant in two years. Also along with her military responsibilities SGT Vidic volunteered and taught English to Korean children who could not afford an English education. After her tour in S. Korea she went to Ft. Huachuca, AZ as part of the 11th Signal Brigade and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for 15 months from Dec 2007-Mar 2009. She spent part of her deployment working as a non-commissioned officer supporting the telecommunications needs of the U.S. Embassy and also as a Project Manager in her Battalion s3 Shop. Also while in Iraq she volunteered at the Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad and worked in the Intensive Care Ward for Iraqi Nationals where she was able to lend a helping hand and linguistic skills. She completed six years in the US Army earlier this year and is now studying Literature with an Emphasis in writing at MUM in hopes of making the world a better place through her writing.
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