Keeping your Hooah: IMA offers transition to civilian life

| February 22, 2013 | 0 Comments


Lt. Col. Delwyn Merkerson
U.S. Army Reserve Public Affairs

It may be time, but sometimes it’s hard to leave the hooah behind.

Military skill sets gained and deployment experience, along with the camaraderie built with fellow Soldiers, can make the prospect of transitioning to civilian life daunting — and that’s before you even factor in the struggling economy and job market.

Even if one weekend a month, two weeks a year isn’t what you had in mind, you can still maintain your Soldier-connection and hone your military proficiency and hard-earned skills while striving for the career of your dreams through the Individual Mobilization Augumentee (IMA) Program.

A unique aspect of the program is that you aren’t locked into a drilling reservist schedule. You can continue soldiering on a part-time basis — earn pay and credit towards retirement, receive benefits and entitlements — all while maintaining the flexibility to pursue your career and family aspirations.

In the IMA program, how you serve can be tailored to your work and school schedule, giving you greater flexibility to plan your service around your busy schedule.

What is IMA?

The IMA program is designed to facilitate rapid expansion of the active Army wartime Department of Defense structure and/or other government departments or agencies. IMAs help the Army meet military manpower requirements in the event of military contingency, pre-mobilization, mobilization, sustainment and/or demobilization operations.

These Soldiers are currently serving on a part-time basis in more than 73 Army agencies throughout the U.S., Europe and Korea. IMA Soldiers serve in Special Operation Command, Intelligence and Security Command, Central Command, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, just to name some agencies.

IMA Soldiers are required to perform a minimum of 12 annual training days each fiscal year and may be authorized to perform up to 48 four-hour periods of inactive duty for training. The IMA Soldier coordinates directly with an agency IMA coordinator to schedule active and inactive training periods.

While serving in the IMA program, you can work with your coordinator to complete all your training requirements at one time, or spread them out over the year.

Every Soldier making the transition from active duty needs to think about the value of his or her service.

You don’t have to leave the hooah behind. The Army Reserve allows you to continue your service to the nation and derive all of the benefits that compelled you to join in the first place.

How to have your Hooah

For more information on the IMA program visit this site:

Search available IMA position vacancies using the online search tool on the HRC My Record website.

•Go to this link:

•Log in and click on the “Tools” tab, on the top right of the screen.

•Choose the “Vacancy Search” link.

•Select “Vacancy Type: IMA” and input your desired filter criteria.

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