As you well know the services do not mimic each other in
as far as personnel management. I was talking of "retired"
The thing about Hip Pocket Orders I was ragging Dave K about goes something like this:
Army retirees (Regular Army, Army of the United States, USAR, ARNG) are assigned to three categories. Category I consists of persons (nondisability) under age 60 (62 for warrant officers) who have been retired for less than five years. Category II consists of persons with the same qualifications as Category I who have been retired longer than five years. Category III includes persons who retired as a result of a physical disability as well as retirees who are unqualified for either Category I or II. Of the more than 532,000 retirees, over 232,000 are assigned to categories I and II and are eligible to receive involuntary mobilization preassignment (hip pocket) orders under the recall program. These preassignment orders tell the retirees when and where they are to report for active duty during a national emergency and a mobilization of the
forces. The selection of retirees to receive hip pocket orders is based on the grade and skill requirements at the 56 mobilization stations in the United States. Not all eligible retirees receive orders, as there are more retirees than there are requirements at the installations. The program also allows the retiree to volunteer for assignment to an installation of his or her choice, provided there is a suitable vacancy at the installation. Of the more than 232,000 retiree assets, over 122,000 have been issued preassignment orders. This figure includes more than 6,700 volunteers from all three categories and over 3,400 retirees who reside overseas and are assigned to reporting stations in Europe and Korea.
Those hip pocket orders were/are issued.
The individual involved reacts to the instructions in
the order upon the declaration of a national mergency,
or other notification. The order outlines the reporting
time/date based upon the notification. AWOL after that.
Prior to the revision of the mobilization regs, and the
downsizing of the military, personnel were "retired", period.
After the revisions, the "retirement check" was considered
"retainer", until such time as the individual "aged out"
of the program.
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