Transfer of the retiree reserve to the IRR

Transfer of the retiree reserve to the IRR

Chapter 6, Section II, of AR 140-10 states that a Soldier may be transferred from the Retired Reserve to the Ready Reserve. They can be transferred to a TPU unit, IMA or the IRR.

This transfer must be voluntary. However, in times of emergency or mass mobilization, Retired Reserve Soldiers are subject to mobilization. They can be mobilized from the Retired Reserve, or they can be transferred to the TPU, IMA or IRR and be mobilized from there.

During the other times; however, Retired Reserve Soldiers, if qualified, may volunteer to move back into the Ready Reserve.


Retired Reservists who wish to transfer to the IRR must be IRR qualified and must be deployment qualified. One of the documents, which the Soldier needs, is a medical examination record. This exam must be reviewed by an Army surgeon. The medical examination, and the review, must be within one year.

Enlisted personnel must also be eligible for immediate reinstatement. These requirements are listed in AR 140-111. A soldier desiring this type of transfer must be prepared for immediate reenlistment with simultaneous transfer to the IRR. If the soldier requests transfer to the TPU, or IMA, it would be an immediate reenlistment with simultaneous transfer to the TPU or IMA.

Soldiers must meet the body fat requirements listed in AR 600-9. Ideally, retired reservists should maintain physical fitness and be ready to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test. This is not always practical, and not all retirees in the gray area do. Those wishing to, or considering, mobilizing or moving back to the Ready Reserve should consider staying within body fat standards as well as being physically able to pass the APFT.

Generally, those receiving retired pay cannot transfer to the Ready Reserve. There is one exception, shown below.

If a Soldier was involuntarily removed from the Ready Reserve, because of an action taken by a retention or promotion board, or because of a statute or regulation, that Soldier is not eligible to return to the Ready Reserve.

Not eligible for transfer:

Soldiers in the Retired Reserve for the following reasons will not be able to request transfer to the Ready Reserve:

* A review board, promotion board, or other board has removed the Soldier from the Ready Reserve category to which the Soldier is attempting to return.

* Statute requires the soldier to be removed from the Ready Reserve.

* If the Soldier were successfully transferred to the Ready Reserve, and such Soldier should be automatically removed from the Ready Reserve as required by law or regulation, such Soldier may not be transferred back to the Ready Reserve.

* The soldier is receiving retired pay, with the exception listed in paragraph 6-5, AR 140-10.

Application process:

A soldier in the retired reserve is considered still in the military. As such, Soldiers can approach the nearest career counselor to help begin the transfer process.

As noted above, you need a medical evaluation that has been reviewed by an Army surgeon within the past year. You must also generate a memorandum. In this report, you must indicate the following:

* That you are requesting the transfer of the Retirement Reserve to the IRR.

* The justification you used in the memo you included in your request to transfer to the Retirement Reserve.

*If you are receiving disability compensation or not. If you receive disability compensation, how much you receive each month.

*Your willingness to serve in the IRR and to be qualified and available for deployment if required.

If you transferred to the Retiree Reserve for reasons other than being able to retire with pay at age 60, and your new contract would take you to your mandatory retirement date before you could retire with pay, you also have to include the following statement:

*The understanding that you are subject to mandatory removal before you can complete 20 years of qualifying service. This statement, verbatim, can be found in paragraph 6-5, AR 140-10.

If your IRR transfer request is approved, you will receive transfer orders transferring you from the Retired Reserve to the IRR. If you are registered, such orders would require you to re-register immediately the day after the effective date of the order.


Please contact your nearest professional advisor for more information on this process and review the applicable sections of the references below.


AR 140-10, US Army Reserve Assignments, Attachments, Details, and Transfers.

AR 140-111, US Army Reserve Reenlistment Program.

AR 600-9, Army Body Composition Program.

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