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Naval and Naval Reserve Terminology

List of Naval and Naval Reserve Acronyms


The following definitions of Naval Reserve terms ensure uniformity in their interpretations and usage throughout the Navy.
Active Duty (ACDU) Full-time active duty other than active duty for training or temporary active duty.
Active Duty for Special Work
Active duty for periods of normally 179 days or less. The Navy and Naval Reserve have numerous requirements for people in almost any rate and rating on a one-time basis. Additional periods of ADSW may be available. A member serving on ADSW orders is entitled to full pay and allowances as well as the privleges available to full-time active duty members.
Annual Training (AT) Full-time active duty with a component of the regular Navy as a naval reservist or Naval Reserve unit for training purposes, most commonly called the two-week cruise. Annual training (AT) may be performed with or without pay and allowances.
Anniversary Year The date used to determine the anniversary year is established as the date the member entered into active service or into status in a Reserve component.
The start date (month and day) for each successive anniversary year will not be adjusted unless the member has a break in service. A break in service occurs only when a member transfers to an inactive status, the inactive National Guard, a temporary disability retired list, the Retired Reserve, or is discharged to civilian life for a period greater than 24 hours. There will be no break in service if the member transfers directly to another regular or Reserve component.
When a member with a break in service returns to an active duty Reserve status or to active service, the revised anniversary year start date shall be the date of return or re-entry.
Canvasser Recruiter Enlisted and officer personnel recalled for Reserve component recruiting purposes are normally given one-year active duty contracts and are called Naval Reserve canvasser recruiters. Such contracts are renewable subject to individual performance and the needs of the Navy.
Component The Naval Reserve is the Reserve component of the regular Navy. Similarly, the Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve are the Reserve components of those services. The Reserve components of the Army and Air Force include both services' Reserve and National Guard elements.
Drill Status The term applied to reservists assigned under inactive duty training orders in either pay or non-pay status while participating in Naval Reserve programs.
Drill Pay Status (DP). The term applied to reservists drilling with pay, regardless of the type of participation or duties performed. One day of basic pay is earned for each regularly scheduled four-hour trianng period satisfactorily completed during weekend drills. Two trainng periods are usually scheduled each day. Thus, a reservist receives four days of pay for two days of weekend training.
Non-pay Status (NP). The term applied to reservists drilling without pay.
Inactive Duty Training Any trainng, drills, instruction or duty periods performed by reservists on inactive duty.
Non-participating Reservist Reservists not affiliated with a Reserve unit whose records are maintained by the Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Personel Cetner, New Orleans, LA 70149-7800. Members of the IRR who have questions concerning their records/sattsu may contact NRPC enlisted and officer counselors at 1-800-535-2699.
One Year Recall (OYR) Active duty for periods of one year increments with a continuing option to renew for one year provided the unique requirements for the person is validated. A member serving on OYR orders in entitled to full pay and allowances as well as privileges available to full-time active duty members.
Participating Reservist Reservists affiliated in a reserve unit with or without pay and eligible for advancement or promotion, various benefits and retirement point credit.
Qualifying Service A qualifying year of service for non-regular retired pay is a full year during which a regular or Reserve member is credited with a minimum of 50 retirement points. Except as otherwise provided by law, an accumulation of 20 such years is one requirement necessary to qualify for non-regular retired pay.
Retirement Points Points are earned by participation (drills, correspondence courses and AT) and credited to reservists for determining eligibility to remain in an active Reserve status., deteremining years of service qualifying for retirement, and computing retired pay. (For detailed information, see Naval Reserve Categories

Naval & Naval Reserve Acronyms
ABSC Active Billet Sequence Code    
ADP Automated Data Processing    
ADSW Active Duty for Special Work    
ADT Active Duty Training    
AT Activity Processing Code    
AUIC Active Unit Identification Code    
BLS Basic Life Support    
BT Billet Training    
BTP Billet Training Profile    
CAI Cross Assigned In    
CANTRAC Catalogue of Navy Training Courses    
CAO Cross Assigned Out    
CAT Civilian Augmented Traning    
CDP Course Data Processing Code    
CIN Course Identification Number    
CME Continuing Medical Education    
CNO Chief of Naval Operations    
CO Commanding Officer    
COI Course of Instruction    
COMNAVRESFOR Commander, Naval Reserve Force    
COMNAVAIRESFOR Commander, Naval Air Reserve Force    
COMNAVSURFRESFOR Commander, Naval Surface Reserve Force    
CONUS Continental United States    
CPR Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation    
CPU Central Processing Unit    
CTS Consolidated Training Schedule    
DC Damage Control    
DCT Damage Control Trainer    
DOS Disk Operating System    
EIDS Electronic Information Delivery System    
ESWS Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist    
ET Equivalent Training    
EXPT Exportable Training    

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