U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

Augment. Reinforce. Support.

2000 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans, LA 70114
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MARINE CORPS INDIVIDUAL READY RESERVE (IRR) 

NOTICE:  IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ORDERS TO AN IRR ADMINISTRATIVE MUSTER, PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM AND READ CAREFULLY

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Marine Corps IRR is a segment of the Marine Corps Ready Reserve, which includes Selective Marine Corps Reserve (SMC) unit, Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA), Active Reserve (AR), and Inactive Duty for Training (IDT) Marines.

The majority of Marines in the IRR are former active component Marines who have not completed their Military Service Obligation (MSO), yet have completed their initial contractual period of active duty. Typically, these Marines are in the enlisted grades of Lance Corporal to Corporal and officer grades of First Lieutenant to Captain. The remainder of the IRR consists of Marines who have completed their MSO, yet voluntarily agreed to remain associated with the Marine Corps, participating through various means as an IRR Marine or as a “temporary layover” until they can rejoin a SMCR unit or acquire an IMA billet.

IRR Marines have some administrative obligations and one training requirement (which is to attend an IRR Administrative Muster for administrative screening, if ordered). There are also opportunities to continue serving while in the IRR. Lastly, there are various benefits, as members of the military during a time of war, that IRR Marines have available to them, most of which are through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The Marine Corps Individual Reserve Support Activity (MCIRSA),is a special staff section of Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) (based in New Orleans, LA) that has staff cognizance for the management and administration of IRR Marines.  It is the successor entity to the Marine Corps Mobilization Command (MOBCOM) which was based in Kansas City, MO but deactivated on 17 June 2011. The MCIRSA is assisted in the management and administration of IRR Marines by members of the Readiness Support Program (RSP).  RSP members are IMA Marines co-located with 29 of the 183 MARFORRES SMCR unit site locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. 

What is the IRR?

The Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) is a category of the Ready Reserve of the Reserve Component of the Armed Forces of the United States composed of former active duty or reserve military personnel, and is authorized under 10 U.S.Code Section 1005.  The IRR is composed of enlisted personnel and officers, from all ranges of Military Occupational Specialties including combat arms, combat support, and combat service support.  

Individuals assigned to the IRR receive no pay and are not obligated to drill, conduct annual training, or participate in any military activities (except for periodic Muster activities) until ordered by Presidential Authority.  Individuals who are assigned to an "Inactive Status" are entitled to limited benefits.  These benefits include:  Entitlement to a Military ID Card, ID Cards for their dependents, PX (Exchange) benefits, Commissary benefits, and MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) Benefits.  An individual assigned to the IRR may receive pay and full benefits (including medical care and dental care for member and dependents) for voluntarily performing specific types of active duty.

By law, IRR members are only required to retain possession of their service uniforms, their military identification card, and notify their service branch if they move and change their address.

Upon presidential recall, service members will usually be screened for their medical and personal status in order to qualify or disqualify them for activation.  During the process, IRR members who seek to delay, defer, or exempt their activations have the opportunity to present their case to the mobilization authority for a decision.

OBLIGATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR IRR MARINES

Per Title 10  U.S. Code and Marine Corps policy, IRR Marines are obligated to notify the Marine Corps of any change to their: 
  • Contact Information: Address, at least one telephone number, and email address.
  • Civilian Employment Information (CEI). (This is actually, at minimum, an annual review and certification. If there are civilian employment changes that occur after an annual certification, the change(s) must be updated at that time. CEI is reported in Marine Online (MOL).
  • Marital status.
  • Number of dependents.
  • Physical condition that would prevent him/her from meeting Marine Corps physical or mental standards.

 

Per Marine Corps policy, IRR Marines are required to: 
  • Maintain their basic uniform regulations (i.e., no uniform can be worn during political rallies or protests, etc..)
  • Maintain standards of conduct. (i.e., allegations or convictions of certain criminal offenses can lead to administrative separation, and if separated, some or all benefits earned as a Marine would be lost, depending on the category of discharge.)
  • Report for involuntary recall to active duty, whether operational, administrative (i.e., Administrative Musters), or legal.

 

Marines who wish to remain in the IRR:

  • Maintain their basic uniform regulations (i.e., no uniform can be worn during political rallies or protests, etc..)
  • Maintain standards of conduct. (i.e., allegations or convictions of certain criminal offenses can lead to administrative separation, and if separated, some or all benefits earned as a Marine would be lost, depending on the category of discharge.)
  • Report for involuntary recall to active duty, whether operational, administrative (i.e., Administrative Musters), or legal.

 

NOTICE:  IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ORDERS TO AN IRR ADMINISTRATIVE MUSTER, READ THE BELOW CAREFULLY

Upon receipt of orders, contact MCIRSA at MCIRSA_Muster@usmc.mil in order to confirm your attendance or have questions answered.  Please note the city of the IRR Muster in the subject line (i.e Dallas, San Francisco, etc.) so that your email can be properly routed.

 

Alternate ways to contact MCIRSA:

  • If you are currently more than 150 miles (or 3 hours’ driving distance) from the muster location, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you purchase a plane, train, or bus ticket just to attend the muster.  Contact MCIRSA to be excused from the muster.  MCIRSA cannot, for any reason, reimburse you for travel. 

     

  • You will be paid a stipend for your attendance (currently $216 before taxes), but will not be reimbursed for travel, gas, meals, parking, mass transit, etc. (Note that in most cases, parking will be complimentary)

     

  • There is no required uniform.  Please come in appropriate civilian attire.  Note that at most musters, employers and educators are in attendance and looking to hire Marine veterans, so it is recommended that you “dress for success” if you are in the job market or looking to gain admission to a higher education institution.

     

  • Grooming standards are not enforced.

     

  • Height/weight standards are not enforced.  There will not be a weigh-in.

     

  • The muster will last no more than four hours.  In most cases, food and beverages cannot be provided, so plan accordingly.

     

  • This is an administrative muster only.  You will not be involuntarily activated as a result of attendance at the muster.

     

  • Spouses and other family members or significant others are invited and welcome to attend.  Note that babysitting services are not provided.

     

  • In most cases, representatives from the local VA will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have and assist you with claims, benefits, and medical care information.

     

  • If you have joined an SMCR unit or another branch of service, you will NOT be eligible to attend this screening muster and CANNOT be paid, but you MUST provide appropriate supporting documentation.  During your joining process with the other Branch of Service, your recruiter should have obtained proper release authorization from MCIRSA, and then followed up with documentation once you’ve officially joined that branch of service.  Contact MCIRSA at (800) 255-5082 to ensure this process was completed and you are excused from the screening event.