How to go from military veteran to Reservist Entry Process

The process of affiliating with the Navy Reserve is relatively simple and seamless. Recruiters will guide candidates through the process – helping you whether you qualify as a NAVET (Navy Veteran) or OSVET (Other Service Veteran) or through any of the other related entrance programs.


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One of the first things you should do if interested in affiliating with the Navy Reserve is contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter.

As a military veteran – NAVET or OSVET – you must be able to complete 20 years of service by age 60. Beyond that, your eligibility and options depend upon a variety of factors.

You can discuss the specifics of your individual situation with your Recruiter, find out whether you're eligible and be advised on what to do from there.

Secure Prior Service Documentation

If you’ve served before and are interested in the Navy Reserve, you’ll want to get a copy of your DD-214 form and make sure the information in it is complete and correct. To obtain a copy of your DD-214, simply submit form SF-180, Request Pertaining to Military Records.

Expect Initial Processing

NAVETs and OSVETs will not be required to complete prerequisite training requirements to affiliate with the Navy Reserve. However, there will be a need to report for administrative processing and uniform fitting.

Contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter for details.

How can employment and service work together?

There's important information that all potential Reservists, current Reservists and their civilian employers should be aware of.