Facing Big Cuts, Army Reshapes Reserves To Keep Key Troops


With the regular Army shedding personnel to fit in ever-tighter budgets, the U.S. Army Reserve is positioning itself as a low-cost way to keep skilled, experienced veterans associated with the military. The plan, in a nutshell: If you can’t keep ‘em in the regular Army, keep ‘em in the Reserves.

Today, only 9 percent of enlisted personnel and 13 percent of officers who leave active duty sign up with the Army Reserve. To make reserve service more appealing will require changes to military regulation and even federal law, changes among the Army Reserve’s top priorities for 2012.

via Facing Big Cuts, Army Reshapes Reserves To Keep Key Troops.

Some of the ideas for a “continuum of service” sound pretty hard to implement.

But the idea of affiliating Individual Ready Reserve soldiers with a local unit is a sensible one, and should be relatively easy and low cost to implement.

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2 responses to “Facing Big Cuts, Army Reshapes Reserves To Keep Key Troops

  1. I wonder how much will be at all workable. The IRR troops lose a lot in ability the longer they are in it. No drill or exposure to the field causes one to forget. I can’t remember how to compute sunrise or sunset anymore, the rest of celestial navigation is utterly lost to me as well. It wasn’t so bad the first year out, but it got worse.

    Other stuff, like being known in a unit, makes some of this a bit problematic. Things were a bit lose in my old Armored NG unit, but at least I had a pretty good idea how the others operated and reacted to certain things. We would not have been as good as a combat experienced (some of us had combat experience in Vietnam) unit, but we would not have had as far to shake down as a totally green unit. Being a known quantity goes a long way when the balloon goes up.

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