Guard and Reserve members will be able to access the Job Board from their personal devices


There aren’t many members of Congress that members of Congress can agree on these days, but one issue that brought Democrats and Republicans together was allowing National Guard and Reserve military easier to find active duty gigs.

Both sides of the aisle have come together to insert a provision into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, allowing these troops to access the Tour of Duty online job site from their smartphones and other personal devices. The senses. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, joined Reps. Chris Jacobs, RN.Y., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, in pushing for the addition.

The Tour of Duty online jobs site is a database of active duty orders and deployments, and typically features some 2,000 job postings. The military has over 500,000 guard and reserve members who can search the site and apply, but only through the use of a government computer. The provision adopted in the NDAA 2022 will soon allow them to access the site using a “personal Internet-enabled device”.

The NDAA is also extending the time these troops can serve on Temporary Active Duty for Operational Support Orders (ADOS) from three out of four years to five out of six years.

Without the new provision, users wishing to search the database would have to travel to their duty station to use a government device if they did not have one at home. The new law also states that the army is responsible for the security of the website, which notifies users of army personnel shortages.

Tour of Duty is open to all Reserve Component Soldiers to browse and volunteer. Any army command with positions or assignments available can post those jobs on the site. Soldiers must find jobs that match not only their skills, but also their level of pay.

Soldiers can even post their availability and interest in active duty tours. Commands looking for Reserve Element Soldiers to fill vacancies can see the names, ranks, and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of Soldiers in a volunteer pool. If a soldier is selected in Tour of Duty, they can choose to accept or decline.

Once accepted, the soldier signs a voluntary application for active duty, but must still be approved by the soldier’s chain of command. The request is then sent to be transferred to the official orders. The process usually takes 30-60 days.

A pilot program is expected to be released in the coming weeks outlining procedures for soldiers to bring personal devices into their workspaces.

— Blake Stilwell can be reached at [email protected] It can also be found on Twitter @blakestilwell or on Facebook.

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