The AF Form 938 is used to place Individual Reservists (IR) into Active Duty status. The types of duty that can be performed includes your Annual Tour, Active Duty for Operational Support, School Tours, or Military Personnel Appropriation (MPA) or Man-days. The Unit Reserve Coordinators (URC) usually creates that AF 938 for the member, which authorizes the reservist to perform duty.
Download AF Form 938
Here is a blank AF Form 938 for download.
How To Complete The AF Form 938 To Get Paid
While most pay related services are now automated and handled through UTAPS, the processing of credit and pay for your Annual Tour or Mandays is still handled manually through the AF Form 938 (Request and Authorization For Active Duty Training/Active Duty Tour). This form must be completed after you finish your duty and submitted to your Reserve Pay Office (RPO) in order to receive point credit and get paid. Over the years I have encountered my fair share of issues getting this form processed, so here are some tips to make sure you get it right the first time.
Make Sure To Fill Out Section 36 Correctly
A lot of reservists forget to fill out the Statement of Tour of Duty section, but the RPO will not process your form 938 unless you fully complete this section.
In section 36 you must indicate the location, time and date you departed for your Annual Tour (this is usually your home), and the location of where you performed your Annual Tour (this is typically the base where you perform your duty). Make sure to indicate the time and mode of travel.
Don’t Forget Section 37 On Form 938
This one is very easy to miss as the call to action in this section is hidden deep in a bunch of text, but basically you need to circle two items.
- First, you must circle whether your spouse was or was not in Active Duty status during your tour.
- Second, you must circle whether you did or did not occupy gov’t quarters during your tour.
I can see the point of #1, which the military uses to determine Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and there is a different rate if your spouse was also on active duty during your tour. I assume that the second one is there to determine whether or not you qualify for BAH if they provide gov’t housing for your during your tour.
Don’t Forget To Claim POV Mileage
Ok, this one is not on the Air Force Form 938, but a lot of reservists forget to do this. If you live in the local area, and you drive your POV to work, then you are allowed to claim the mileage for your commute to and from work. You will need to submit a Travel Voucher (DD FORM 1351-2) and indicate the mileage in section 15F, under “POC MILES.”
Where to Sign The AF IMT Form 938
The last thing you need to do is sign the Form 938 in section 40. You must also complete section 42 indicating the date and time you reported for duty. If you did IDTs in conjunction with your Annual Tour, do not include the IDT dates. Only fill out the date and time when you reported for and were released from your Annual Tour.
After section 40, 41, and 42, you must have your supervisor complete section 43, 44, 45, and 46.