SB Mayor Buttigieg transfers Navy status to Inactive Reserve

Published: Oct. 31, 2016 at 6:44 PM EDT
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There's less of a chance that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be called up to active duty.

He's been a part of the Naval Reserves since 2009, when he fulfilled his active service requirement.

He's now part of the Individual Ready Reserve, which means he doesn't train as often and is less likely to be called up for active duty.

He was last deployed with the Navy in Afghanistan in 2014.

From the City of South Bend:

Mayor Pete Buttigieg was informed earlier this month that his transfer to the Individual Ready Reserve has taken effect. The Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) is a military reserve status often informally called the “Inactive Reserve.”

IRR members retain their rank within the Navy, are eligible for promotion and may conduct training or other active duty work, but are not required to drill on a monthly basis and are less likely to be recalled to active duty than members of the Selective Reserve (sometimes called “Active Reserve”).

Having completed his active service expectation, Buttigieg requested the transfer in order to reduce conflicts between his military and civilian responsibilities. He was a member of the Selective Reserve beginning with his commissioning as an Ensign in 2009.

An intelligence officer specializing in counterterrorism, Buttigieg holds the rank of Lieutenant. His service included a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014, where he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his service.