Volunteerism, Recall, and Mobilization Information

1. Authority. Title 10, U.S.C., Sections 688, 12301(a), 12301(d), 12302, 12304, 12306, and 12307 govern the access of Air National Guard members for contingency support.

2. Availability. There are two ways that ANG members may be activated: Volunteerism (Title 10, U.S.C., Sections 12301(d)) and Involuntary Recall or Mobilization (Title 10, U.S.C., Sections 12301(a), 12302, 12304, 12306, or 12307). ANG mobilizes members only after partial, full, or total mobilization under Title 10, U.S.C., Sections 12301(a), 12302, or 12306 are invoked.

3. Volunteerism. Your availability to support a contingency is part of the selection criteria. Your commander, commander's representative, or supervisor may ask if you are available and willing to activate.

4. Involuntary Recall and Mobilization. You need to be accessible for involuntary recall or mobilization within 24 hours. You might not receive advance notice of your mobilization. Therefore, it is imperative that you keep your address and phone number updated with your Military Personnel Flight (MPF) or your unit of assignment. Keep your military supervisor at your unit of assignment informed of how to contact you at all times, and keep your mobilization readiness folder current. By law, you must keep your address current.

5. Responsibilities Upon Involuntary Recall or Mobilization. 
- Be prepared to begin travel within 24 hours of notification (family members may not travel with you under any circumstances). There may be more lead-time in some circumstances.
- In-process through the unit of assignment or your base Military Personnel Flight (MPF)
- Be prepared to begin work immediately
- Have enough money to sustain you and your family until you receive your military pay (approximately two weeks) 

6. Notification of Mobilization. Your mobilization notification will be by one or more of the following methods:
- Telephone call from your commander, commander's representative, or supervisor or
- Orders mailed to you (first class, return receipt requested, overnight, special delivery) or
- Announcement on radio or television 

6.1. You will receive a "report-no-later-than date" from the notifying official, or your mobilization order will clearly state it. You may travel without a written order. The written order will confirm the verbal order. Do not delay your departure. You must ensure you arrive within the guidelines in your reporting instructions.

7. Maintenance of Personal and Military Records for Mobilization. You should maintain your personal and military records with current data at all times. This may prevent many personal problems for you and your family during mobilization. Examples of the most important records are:
- Certified copy of your marriage certificate
- Certified copies of birth certificates for you and authorized family members
- Certified copies of court orders or decrees pertaining to your authorized family members (i.e. divorce decree, adoption papers, etc.)
- Immunization record: Public Health Service Form 73, International Certificate of Vaccination
- Copy of the order or mailgram ordering you to active duty
- AF Form 2293, US Air Force Motor Vehicle Operator Identification Card, if applicable
- Passport, if applicable
- SGLV 8286, Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) form dated after 1 Apr 96
- DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data
- Most recent Report of Individual Personnel (RIP) (highly recommended)
- Most recent AF Form 526, ANG/USAFR Point Credit Summary
- AF Form 165, General Power of Attorney, or AF Form 831, Special Power of Attorney (see para 2.19)
- AF Form 357, Dependent Care Certification - single parents, dual military couples with family members and members with civilian spouses who have unique family situations (as determined by the commander) (see para 2.12)
- Identification Tags (Dog Tags) 

8. Actions to Take Prior to Mobilization.
- Ensure you arrange all legal, business and personal matters be taken care of in the event of your absence.
- Ensure family members are pre-enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS)
- Update DD Form 93 and SGLV 8286
- Arrange for family members' support and obtain a special power of attorney for emergency medical care for minor family members, if necessary
- Prepare a Will
- Prepare Power of Attorney
- Familiarize family members with insurance policies
- Have proper military uniforms in good condition
- Ensure your spouse or personal agent has your social security number 

9. Military Pay. The Air Force Direct Deposit Program is mandatory according to DFAS-DEM 7073-3, Air Reserve Forces Pay and Allowances. To start direct deposit, send a completed SF 1199A, Direct Deposit Sign-Up Form, to your Accounting and Finance Office (AFO).

10. Family Member Care Responsibilities. Single parents, dual military couples with family members, and members with civilian spouses who have unique family situations (as determined by the commander) will complete an AF Form 357. This form certifies both temporary and permanent family member care arrangements are complete in case of mobilization. Notify the commander or first sergeant at your Unit of Assignment within 60 days if changes in your personal status or family circumstances require you to complete and AF Form 357.

10.1. Designate an individual or individuals to care for your family members when you are absent:

- Make arrangements for the designee to have access to adequate funds to support your family members, and have access to the base exchange and commissary during your absence.
- Single parents will consult with an attorney prior to designating the non-custodial parent as the short- or long-term designee.
- Ensure designee is aware of behavioral changes of your family members during a long-term separation.
- Execute a power of attorney for your designee or caregiver to allow for medical care and enrollment in school. Consider a power of attorney to act in loco parentis; this may be required in some states 

10.2. Your unit's first sergeant, commander, or base legal office will be able to help you accomplish this form. Information on how to develop a family care plan can be obtained by consulting with the base legal office or the MPF Customer Service Element. AFI 36-2908, Family Care Plans, outlines Air Force policy on family member care responsibilities. This instruction applies to all Air Force personnel.

11. Leave. Commanders may authorize leave on an individual basis. While on active duty, you accrue leave for tours of 30 or more consecutive days at a rate of 2.5 days per month of active duty.

11.1. Use AF Form 988, Leave Request/Authorization, and have your supervisor obtain the leave control number from your unit orderly room or Accounting and Finance Office. After you complete your leave, complete Part III of AF Form 988 and send to your unit orderly room. Keep Part II of AF Form 988 for your records.

11.2. You may receive payment for all unused leave (up to 60 days in your career) approximately three weeks after you complete your tour. If you serve consecutive tours of over 30 days each and have unused leave for the first tour, you may request payment for the first tour after you complete it or you may continue to accrue leave -- state desire on your End of Tour Report. However, if leave is accrued during active duty in support of a declared contingency operation or involuntary recall, it is not counted against the 60-day maximum according to Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation Chapter 35, paragraph 3501. For more information, contact your designated serving Accounting and Finance Office.

12. Mail Procedures while Mobilized. If while you were mobilized you are deployed, you will receive a permanent mailing address, normally a post office box at the consolidated mailroom. Advise your family and friends to write you at your new assignment and to put your grade and full name on the first line of the address. Then, the actual mailing address follows as in this example:

Capt John S. Doe
1234th Aviation Maint Sq
123 Warrior Ave
Assigned AFB CO 12345-6789

13. Voting Assistance Program. Recall to active duty does not alter your right to vote. Voting assistance programs exist at all Air Force bases.

14. Provisions of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act. The purpose of this law is to protect members of the military and civilians called to military service. More than likely, you owe some money on a car, home, or personal loan. Although the Act does not relieve you from your obligations, it temporarily suspends the right of creditors to use the courts to compel you to pay if the courts find that your inability to pay is due to military service. However, your obligation to honor your debts remains and, if not paid before or during your tour of duty, you must pay them after your release from active duty. However, if someone files a lawsuit against you, do not panic. Either you or your spouse or agent may seek advice from your base legal office. In short the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act is to suspend, in some cases, certain obligations during your military service so that, upon return to civilian life, you have the opportunity to protect your interests.

15. Re-employment Rights. If you must leave your place of employment due to mobilization for military service, and you meet the eligibility requirements in the re-employment rights law, then you will have specific legal re-employment rights with your employer when you return home from active duty. The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (Toll-free 1-800-336-4590); your local state Ombudsman; or the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (1-800-442-2838) can assist you if you encounter any problems after your release from active duty.

16. Emergency at Home. Advise your family to contact your local office of the American Red Cross if an emergency at home requires that you be notified. The Red Cross will notify your commander, who will notify you. Be sure your family has your correct military address. The Red Cross alone is responsible for confirming family emergencies. Your commander will normally not accept such information from any other source. On receipt of confirmation of an emergency, your commander may authorize you to take emergency leave.

17. Legal Information. While on active duty, you may receive assistance from the base legal office. You must make an appointment with the legal office before requesting their assistance. The base legal office will also be able to help you accomplish special and general powers of attorney. A general power of attorney allows the named person to handle all of your affairs in your absence in whatever fashion they desire (including full access to all banking accounts). This is a very powerful document; you should consider this at length before granting a general power of attorney. A special power of attorney grants only the power necessary to complete specific tasks. One example of this is a power of attorney to allow the person you have named as your family member caregiver, in your absence, the authority to authorize emergency medical care for your minor family members. While on inactive duty training (IDT) status, you are authorized limited services such as wills and power of attorney documents.