Career Intermission Program

This provision, enacted as part of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, allows regular and reserve members to enter an inactive status for up to three years to meet personal or professional needs.

Federal Law

10 U.S. Code § 710: Service during this period does not count toward retirement or computation of retired pay. A written agreement between the service member and the Service Secretary is required and the arrangement may be terminated at the discretion of the Service Secretary. A member is obligated to provide two months of active service for each month in the inactive period. Special and incentive pays are suspended during the inactive period, but the member is entitled to basic pay at the rate of two-thirtieths of the rate to which otherwise entitled. The member and dependents are entitled to medical and dental care as though on active duty for a period of more than 30 days. Members are not considered for promotion during the inactive period.

DoD Policy

DODI 1327.07 implements and amplifies statutory requirements.

Military Service Policies

Military policies are expected to generally implement and amplify statutory requirements and DoD policy.