Reserve tracking. The Defense Department has unveiled a database that will help Defense leaders keep track of who employs the 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserve forces.

The Civilian Employment Information Program is the product of a yearlong effort. DOD hopes the system will give military brass a better idea of who to call up for active duty.

The Army and Air National guards, Air Force and Coast Guard reserves, and Navy Individual Ready Reserve are required to enter their employer data via secure connections to the new Defense Manpower Data Center Web site.

Members of the Army and Marine reserves and Navy Selected Reserve must enter their employment data on existing personnel reporting systems, according to David Chu, undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness.

Chu said the database will help DOD comply with legal requirements for calling up service members to active duty. DOD must:
  • Consider whether the civilian workers are needed to maintain national health and safety

  • Ensure that the military does not call up more members with critical civilian skills than it needs

  • Inform reservists' employers of their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act.

The program's goal is 'to know who can be called up for active military duty without jeopardizing the civilian forces responsible for safeguarding our country,' Chu said.

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