What is TR, IR, ART, AGR, IMA, and PIRR mean?
When deciding to leave active duty, every member must decide their next step. This will include a series of emails and possibly phone calls from in-service recruiters. These recruiters are trying to persuade you to join the National Guard or Reserves. They will dazzle you with educational benefits, medical benefits and even some bonuses. Once you sound convinced that the Guard or Reserves will help your transition, the recruiter will then try to help find a job at a unit for you. Ultimately, every unit hires their own members, so you will probably have to interview for each position. Before you agree to an interview, do you know what type of job it is? The three common acronyms you will hear are ART, AGR and TR. To help you decide which is best for you and your family, I will give a brief description of each.
Traditional Reservist (TR)
Meet the backbone of the Reserve-side of Air Reserve Component forces. Once called “weekend warriors,” these Citizen Airmen are required to serve one weekend a month and two extra weeks a year in uniform in the job of their choice and training. Like all Airmen, TR’s attend the same basic training and technical schools as their active-duty counterparts. Since 9/11, TR support of global operations has been instrumental in manpower and mission success. Without their cost-effective skill and experience, American achievement abroad and stateside could never be fully realized.
Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
By contract, all Airmen, enlisted and officer, have an eight year Military Service Obligation. Contracts might specify only four or six-year active commitments, but if a member leaves after that active commitment and prior to their contract end, they are transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve and subject to being called up during national emergencies. Other contractual obligations beyond eight-year MSO may keep the member in the IRR longer. The Career Intermission Program provides select airmen the opportunity for a one-time temporary transition from active duty to the IRR to meet professional or personal needs outside the service while providing a mechanism for seamless return to active duty.
Air Reserve Technician (ART)
Air Reserve Technicians are a marriage of TR members and civil the same organization, as a civil service employee, for the same boss doing the same mission every day. Since TRs are only at the unit consistently one weekend a month, ARTs manage operations between drill weekends and other major events. Many wear their uniforms every day, but are managed via the civil service payscales, rule sets and benefits schedules. ARTs spend lots of time planning drill weekends to get the most from TR participation.
Active Guard-Reserve (AGR)
Active Guard-Reserve status is available both for Reservists and Guardsmen, and is designed specifically to create active-duty level continuity within limited base-specific jobs. AGRs enjoy full active duty benefits for limited contract periods, including medical and financial benefits. They are mostly non- employable, and are subject to renewal based on the AGR contract. They are often coveted positions due to their benefits, but unlike normal TRs, are more subject to the needs of the service, much like active duty.
Individual Reservist (IMA and PIRR)
Individual Mobilization Augmentees and Participating Individual Ready Reservists are Reserve members assigned to active duty or reserve units. They fulfill point-related requirements like TRs, but create custom schedules with their units of assignment. Instead of performing their drills one weekend a month, they might combine them with portions or all of their annual tour, or fulfill them on an as-needed basis, per the needs of their unit. The IR program can be very rewarding for members but requires Airmen who are capable of managing themselves, as they often operate without the typical failsafes as other active Reserve units.