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        the Air Reserve Personnel Center and the staff of HQ RIO are headquartered at Buckley AFB in Colorado.  The installation commander directed the base to operate on a mission essential basis and HQ RIO will follow that direction.  It is a TOP PRIORITY that HQ RIO be able to support the more than 7,500 individual reservists around the world through this rapidly changing time.  We have worked hard to establish a teleworking system for our staff that will allow us to continue to serve our IR population.  Please know that while we may not be 100% manned in the office, we are still working to make it as easy as possible for you to serve.  You can reach us at the regular contact emails and phone numbers listed on this website.

In addition, I'd like you to reach out to your RegAF supervisors and commanders and share this LETTER with them as soon as possible.  You are a part of the active duty organization to which you are assigned.  Your supervisors need you to be in communication with them, regardless of your status. This letter will facilitate that.

Thank you for all you do,

(Current as of 18eastern, 7 Jul 2020
Information will be updated as needed.)


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  • A member of the Selected Reserve is an actively serving Airmen who is currently assigned to an Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, or active duty unit. These Airmen are fully qualified and trained in their fields and able to deploy as tasked/required. Selected Reserve members regularly participate in unit training assemblies and have annual tour requirements. 
  • On March 27, the President signed an Executive Order to mobilize the Air Reserve Component (Guard and Reserve), as needed, in support of COVID-19 response. We expect medical personnel to be targeted for mobilization first. Currently, the Air Force Reserve plans to explore Selected Reserve and Participating Individual Ready Reserve (PIRR) members already serving to fill mission taskings. However, this Executive Order does give authority to expand to the IRR to mobilize under 10 USC Section 12302 as mission dictates. ARC members must be prepared for mobilization at any time. 
  • Reservists who perform medical functions in their civilian jobs, but DO NOT currently hold a Medical AFSC in the AF Reserve are not part of this possible mobilization. It applies to medical personnel who are fully trained (AFSC/skill level/grade) and able to meet operational requirements associated with COVID-19 response. 
  • Funds for pay and allowances for ARC members placed on voluntary orders (12301d) are provided from the Military Personnel Appropriation (MPA) account. For ARC members activated under 12302, pay and allowances come from the active component. 
  • Medics who would like to volunteer need to be current on medical readiness training.  However, we understand the current situation with the travel ban and the risk of possible transmission of COVID-19 creates a challenge in assuring medical readiness currency. Therefore, we are working closely with the Defense Health Agency to provide clear direction and guidance regarding life support skills and any appropriate training needed to meet a potential tasking requirement. 
  • Volunteers with concerns about DAV codes or annual readiness requirement waivers need to know these concerns will be addressed on an individual basis. Waiver approval to allow ARC members with DAV codes to support a prospective tasking will depend on the specific code and other information. HAF/A1 is currently exploring potential waivers to annual readiness requirements, as well. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 
  • Reservists who de-mobilize during this period, if they complete their orders and leave active duty, will be subject to a post-deployment medical screening will determine if they need to be quarantined. The quarantine location will be at the discretion of the unit commander/assigned station. Restriction of Movement (ROM) is required for all Airmen who have traveled through a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Health Notice (THN) Level 2 or 3 country via military or commercial means. Members will be placed in ROM at an appropriate local-area location at the discretion of their commander for 14 days (beginning the day of departure from the Level 2 or 3 country). Upon completion of ROM, Airmen will complete normal post deployment actions to include downtime (reconstitution) and leave. These are separate. If a member is on voluntary orders (12301d), the same rules apply, reference quarantine; however, their orders would be extended to cover the 14-day quarantine period. If they exhibit symptoms and test positive while still on that order, then they will be placed on pre-MEDCON orders. If they exhibit signs or symptoms after the order ends, normal Line of Duty Determination rules and procedures would apply. 
  • What is the difference between quarantine and self-monitoring?  Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing -- this should be done daily before arriving on duty. If a member feels feverish or develops a measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, he or she should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or their local health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed. Quarantine in general means the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease, regardless of whether or not he or she shows symptoms.  This separation from others who have not been so exposed is done to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease. For additional definitions used in COVID-19 guidance, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html.
  • Reservists interested in volunteering for mobilization should contact their unit deployment manager, Headquarters, Readiness and Integration Organization, Functional Area Manager or email: HQAFRC.SG.AFRCPHEOs@us.af.mil to self-identify their availability. In the body of the e-mail please provide your name, rank, AFSC, assigned/attached unit, civilian email, address, and phone number.
  • Reservists scheduled for military accessions courses such as Officer Training School, Basic Military Training, and tech schools will continue under revised procedures.  These courses have been designated as mission essential activities (at this writing, but this could change--look to AETC web page for further updates).
  • Reservists concerned about possible promotion or DT board delays should check back soon for further information. The next AFR Promotion Board is scheduled for 8-13 Jun 20. At present, we do not foresee a delay or cancellation of this board.  ARPC is working with DT functional leadership to develop viable options to include potential virtual boards when feasible. 
  • Reservists with future seasoning training scheduled should be in touch with their active duty units. The discretion to cancel STP resides with the active duty commanders who will determine if members on STP are mission essential for operations. 
  • Reservists who have dental, PHAs, and/or immunizations due will be afforded extreme flexibility in terms of being "green" on their readiness.  We understand it can be difficult to accomplish these actions right now.
  • Reservists with concerns about earning the required 50 points for a “good year” should work closely with their active duty chain and their detachments.  Telecommuting and performing IDTs at an alternate, local-area location are viable solutions.  If a reservist's active duty unit doesn't have viable telework opportunities, contact the detachment to discuss other options. 
  • New guidance was released stating PT testing will begin in January 2021. Take a moment to read the this guidance and make a note of when your next PT test will be due.
  • Retirees and dependents with expired CAC or military ID cards should be aware that Installation Access Controllers may accept an expired DoD Common Access Card or Uniformed Services ID Card (such as those issued to dependents or retirees) as long as the printed expiration date is January 1, 2020 or later.  This exception will remain in place until further guidance is given on the period of time for this short-term exception. The credential must be successfully verified using an electronic physical access control system. An expired CAC or USID that fails to electronically verify may not be accepted, but shall not be confiscated unless believed to be counterfeit. This no longer applies to reservists. Reservists will need to get a new CAC if theirs is expired.
  • The Air Force has added nearly 50,000 concurrent VPN connections in the last week or so.  For best results, CONUS users should select the GLOBAL USAF VPN. 
  • Reservists who need to access their military email can do so with just a wifi connection and a CAC reader.  The correct URL is https://owa.us.af.mil
  • Reservists who need to access Outlook and other programs that require a .mil-connected computer can download and install Desktop Anywhere to their personal computer. Instructions and download files can be found here on the Air Force Portal.  While there is a help desk number available, the Desktop Anywhere Help Desk group on Facebook is also an excellent resource. 
  • Reservists with concerns about not being able to pay their premiums for Tricare Reserve Select should know that current policy states coverage will not be canceled right now for failure to pay them.  In addition, having an expired CAC will not affect a member's ability to access benefits.  Click HERE for the guidance.
  • Reservists concerned about losing SGLI for unpaid premiums need not be concerned.  Under existing policy, SGLI premiums are taken out of military paycheck as they come.  If you don't work during the pandemic, your SGLI will remain in place.  The premiums will accrue and be deducted as a lump sum from the next military paycheck you earn with no disruption to your SGLI.

*** This COVID-19 Entitlements Matrix covers entitlements related to changes in PCS, TDY, and commander-directed quarantine and self-monitoring as a result of the COVID-19 virus.  If you have specific questions about your situation, contact your Detachment. ***

  • Reservists who are NOT in a duty status (IDT/AT/RPA/MPA) are not required to adhere to the ISD stop movement guidance, unless they are also DoD Civilians or DoD Dependents. 
  • Reservists who have the opportunity to do ANY KIND of duty at their ASSIGNED DUTY LOCATIONS which are not in the local area where they live may be covered under this Exception to Policy from Lt. Gen. Scobee.  Members do require a separate ETP if they travel to perform duty outside their assigned duty location.
  • Reservists who are ALREADY en route or serving on orders that require travel reimbursement are allowed to continue.  When those orders (AT/RPA/MPA) or that status (IDT) ends, they are to return to where they live.  This includes IDTs that are in conjunction with AT.
  • Reservists with orders (RPA/MPA/AT) scheduled who are WITHIN the local area of where they live can proceed.  The stop movement doesn't apply. 
  • Reservists whose active duty units label mission-essential are exempt from the stop movement.  This requires very high level approval, so please see the details about the mission-essential waiver here.  In addition, Lt Gen Scobee has published this guidance about mission essential exceptions to policy.  An example ETP can be found in the HELPFUL LINKS on the right hand side of this page.
  • Reservists with IDTs scheduled who are WITHIN the local area of where they live can proceed.  The stop movement doesn't apply. 
  • The SecAF has delegated waiver of TDY travel restriction to the first General Officer in your active duty chain of command. “Exceptions that may be granted in writing  …  [are for travel that is]: (1) determined to be mission essential; (2) necessary for humanitarian reasons; (3) warranted due to extreme hardship.”
  • "Local area" is determined by the installation/wing commander (not the base commander) of your assigned or attached active duty unit.  If you have questions about whether or not "local area" applies to your situation, direct those questions to your active duty supervisor and chain of command.
  • The local-area only leave restriction applies to all AFR members currently in a leave-earning status (AGRs, ADOS, etc.) Per AFI 36-3003, leave begins and ends in the local area.  The local area is the place where the member lives and from which he or she commutes to the duty station.  Each Installation Commander may or may not have additional local policies for distance. Check with your supervisor at the unit where you are serving your orders for local policies.
  • Reservists concerned about use-or-lose leave should know that the DoD has authorized service members to retain an additional 60 days, up to 120, from FY20 through the end of FY23.  You can read more HERE.
  • Members who are uncertain whether or not they should report to duty or telecommute should contact their active duty chain of command for additional guidance. Telework is an option commanders may consider when making work force decisions in the current emerging environment.
  • Every member who participates in telecommuting must have a written agreement on file. If not already on record, members should complete a telework agreement prior to beginning telecommute. Links to the telecommute form and AFI are in the HELPFUL LINKS section of this page.


Reservists with circumstances not addressed above should reach out to their active duty chain of command and their Detachments to get their questions answered.

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(This section will be updated as needed.  If you hear or read something related to IMA/PIRR COVID-19-related matters that need to be addressed, please email the HQ RIO PAO at erin.karl.1@us.af.mil.)