NAVET, OSVET, DPEP, PRISE-R and Direct Commission Entrance Programs

There are different programs that allow you to affiliate with the Navy Reserve. Your eligibility for these programs depends upon your prior service background, how long it’s been since you were discharged from service, and a variety of other factors. Familiarize yourself with them.

As a military veteran, you should refer to the Reserve entrance program that best applies to you.

NAVET (Navy Veteran)

If you were a member of the Navy or Navy Reserve (Enlisted or Officer) or are in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), the NAVET program will allow you to enter or recommit to the Navy Reserve.

If you are a former Enlisted Sailor affiliating within six years of discharge, you will most likely enter at your then-current pay grade and rate/rank. Otherwise, your pay grade and rate/rank may be modified based on Navy Reserve needs in specific ratings. Refer to the chart below for more information.

Questions? Contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter.

NAVET Matrix
Years Since Discharge Pay Grade Minimum Term of Enlistment
Six or less Same as held at discharge Two years
Over six,
less then ten
One pay grade less
than held at discharge
(not less than E3 designated striker [e.g., MASN, ENFN])
Three years
Over ten,
less than twelve
Two pay grades less
than held at discharge
(not less than E3 designated striker [e.g., MASN, ENFN])
Three years
Elapsed Time Waiver Pay Grade Minimum Term of Enlistment
Over six,
less than twelve
Refer to Article 020307 for pay grade determination
(Note: Refer to exhibit Volume II for waiver authority)
Three years

 

OSVET (Other Service Veteran)

If you were an Enlisted member of a military branch other than the Navy, the OSVET program will allow you to enter the Navy Reserve.

If you are an Officer who held a commission from one of the other military branches, you may apply for a Navy Reserve direct commission. Refer to the Direct Commission Officer Program below.

If you are a former Enlisted servicemember affiliating within six years of discharge, you will most likely enter at your then-current pay grade and rate/rank. Otherwise, your pay grade and rate/rank may be modified based on Navy Reserve needs in specific ratings. Refer to the chart below for more information.

OSVET Matrix
Years Since Discharge Permanent
Pay Grade
Temporary
Pay Grade
Minimum Term of Enlistment
Six or less E3 Same as held at discharge Four years
Over six to eight E3

One pay grade less than held at discharge
(not less than E-3)

Four years
Over eight to ten E3 Two pay grades less than held at discharge
(not less than E-3)
Four years

 

Refer to the Rate/Rank Converter to see your equivalent rate/rank in the Navy Reserve.

Questions? Contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter.

Enlisted: Direct Procurement Enlistment Program (DPEP)

If you’ve served in the military before, this program allows you to potentially re-enlist at a higher pay grade – anywhere from E-3 to E-6 – depending on your background. Eligibility for DPEP takes into consideration your:

  • Prior experience as a servicemember
  • Any qualifying postsecondary vocational or technical training you’ve received
  • Any civilian work and supervisory experience you’ve attained

Contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter for program details.

Enlisted: Prior Service Reenlistment Eligibility – Reserve (PRISE-R) Program

If you are a recently separated or discharged Navy veteran (NAVET) or Other Service Veteran (OSVET) who is in a closed rating or who would otherwise be ineligible for enlistment, this program can help you access new opportunities through a change of rating. Note: This program was formerly known as Recruiting Selective Conversion Reenlistment – Reserve (RESCORE-R).

Contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter for program details.

Officer: Direct Commission Officer Program

If you have previously served as an Officer in the military and would like to affiliate with the Navy Reserve, you should contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter to discuss your options. You will not need to complete any prerequisite Officer training.

If you are an Enlisted veteran who is now a college-educated professional in one of the specialty areas sought by the Navy Reserve, you may apply through the Direct Commission Officer Program and will need to complete the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) Course in Newport, RI.

Contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter for program details.

General Career Focus Areas for Officers

The Direct Commission Officer Program is available to those who qualify in the following fields:

Questions? Contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter for details.

Navy Health Care Specialty Focus Areas for Officers

Positions in various fields of health care are some of the most highly sought-after careers in America's Navy. If you are a civilian physician, dentist, nurse or specialist, you can enter the Reserve as an Officer in the community associated with your profession – and you may be eligible for advanced rank and pay.

Professionals working in health care already know what it’s like to make a difference in the lives of others. By serving part-time in the Navy Reserve, you can add a new dimension to your own career as you proudly care for those who defend our country and serve global humanitarian causes. You’ll be able to take your medical expertise to new levels with experience in progressive academic, clinical and/or operational settings.

Learn more about working part-time in any of these areas of Navy Health Care in the Navy Reserve:

Questions? Contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter for details.