ABSTRACT

Defense Primer: Reserve Forces [Updated December 12, 2018]   [open pdf - 428KB]

From the Document: "The term 'reserve component' (RC) refers collectively to the seven individual reserve components of the Armed Forces. Congress exercises authority over the reserve components under its constitutional authority 'to raise and support Armies,' 'to provide and maintain a Navy,' and 'to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia....' (Article I, Section 8) There are seven reserve components: [1] Army National Guard; [2] Army Reserve; [3] Navy Reserve; [4] Marine Corps Reserve; [5] Air National Guard; [6] Air Force Reserve; [and 7] Coast Guard Reserve. The purpose of these seven reserve components, as codified in law, is to 'provide trained units and qualified persons available for active duty in the armed forces, in time of war or national emergency, and at such other times as the national security may require, to fill the needs of the armed forces whenever more units and persons are needed than are in the regular components.' (10 U.S.C. 10102)"

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CRS In Focus, IF10540
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2018-12-12
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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