Increased and Protracted Operational Tempo of the United States Army Reserve: Some Strategic Implications [open pdf - 54KB]
"Continued mobilization of Army Reserve personnel in support of the National Military Strategy will eventually degrade U.S. Army Reserve Command's (USARC) personnel readiness. In the past decade, the Army Reserve has contributed significantly to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom - along with various peacekeeping missions. Further, the Army Reserve is heavily engaged in the ongoing War on Terrorism. So this continuing demand for active participation of the Army Reserve is jeopardizing the Army Reserve's readiness status. Senior leaders must seek short-and long-term solutions to these protracted, extraordinary demands on the USARC's personnel - our citizen soldiers. Otherwise, the inevitable, deterioration of USARC personnel readiness will adversely impact our ability to execute the National Military Strategy."
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