Anyone with an upcoming statutory retirement that would be interested in staying on active-duty should read the NAVADMIN below. Statutory retirements include retirements required by law for age, years of commissioned service, years of active service, or pursuant to twice failure of selection to the next higher grade.
This is not for people who are voluntarily retiring or separating and want to stick around for an extra 6-12 months, perhaps because you can’t travel to interview, you are not sure of the civilian job market, or you just want to continue to serve. That one can be read at this link.
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SUBJ/EXPANDED OPPORTUNITY FOR RETENTION ON ACTIVE-DUTY IN A RETIRED STATUS
FOR ACTIVE-DUTY OFFICERS WITH PENDING STATUTORY RETIREMENTS//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 080/20, NAVY MITIGATION MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK UPDATE 3. REF B IS NAVADMIN 089/20, VOLUNTARY
EXTENSIONS FOR ACTIVE COMPONENT NAVY MEMBERS WITH APPROVED SEPARATION OR
RETIREMENT DATES. REF C IS MILPERSMAN 1811-010, RETENTION ON OR RECALL TO
ACTIVE-DUTY IN A RETIRED STATUS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN expands the deliberate path of the Navy to mitigate
the effects of COVID-19 as announced by references (a) and (b). Due to the
uncertainty regarding the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to
maintain operational, Sailor and family readiness, this NAVADMIN will help
provide additional stability to both the Navy and our families.
2. The Navy is accepting applications from active-duty and full- time
support (FTS) officers in the rank of captain or below with a statutory
retirement date between now and 1 December 2020 who desire to be retained on
active-duty in a retired status (often referred to as retire/retain).
Statutory retirements include retirements required by law for age, years of
commissioned service, years of active service, or pursuant to twice failure
of selection to the next higher grade. The period of retention, if granted,
would extend through 31 December 2020, or earlier if requested, and is only
applicable to retention at the current command of the officer.
Officers granted retire/retain are not eligible for permanent change of
station (PCS) orders.
3. Reference (c) provides many details regarding retire/retain.
However, the limit on the authorized number of retired officers retained in
an active status and the submission time requirements for a retire/retain
request are relaxed. Requests submitted per this NAVADMIN must be received
prior to the retirement date of the officer to enable review and adjudication
of the request before retirement, but not later than 1 July 2020.
Interested, eligible officers are encouraged to submit applications as soon
4. Requests for retention in a retired status are submitted by the officer
via their commanding officer to Navy Personnel Command, Officer Retirements
Branch (PERS-835) by e-mail to pers_835_retirements(at)navy.mil. The
retire/retain request shall include the following information:
a. Retirement date of the officer and a request for a retention duration
ending on 31 December 2020, or earlier if desired.
b. Justification and reason for request (cite this NAVADMIN).
c. E-mail address and phone number of the officer.
5. Requests will not be approved for officers who have approved retirement
as a result of:
b. Selection for early retirement by a selective early retirement board
c. Secretary of the Navy direction for misconduct.
6. Notification of approval or disapproval will be provided to officers via
their chain of command.
7. Questions regarding retire/retain should be referred to PERS-835 at
8. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//