"Since September 11, 2001, the Army National Guard has played an increasing role in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). In the past two years, the mobilization rate of Army National Guard has increased immensely. The mobilization process is very challenging and is reliant on the readiness levels of our Army National Guard soldiers and equipment. Traditional citizen-soldiers make up 86% of the Army National Guard end strength of 350,000 soldiers. Once called upon, these soldiers continually strive to meet the call to arms in the shortest amount of time. In order to manage soldier and unit readiness, the Army National Guard is allocated full-time soldiers who ensure critical tasks are completed and manage readiness levels within units. However, the Army National Guard's Full-Time Support (FTS) program has been underfunded for many years. This paper analyzes the impact of this funding shortfall and its effect on readiness as the Army National Guard mobilizes more units. The Army's FTS program supports both the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. This paper focuses on the Army National Guard's FTS program and its impact on readiness."
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