"America has come to rely much more on the Army's Reserve Components than before. In keeping with these new requirements, the Army, over the past two years, has initiated a series of changes to the way its Reserve Components are arranged, manned and operated -- changes that arguably should have started a decade ago."
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
2006 Army Reserve Posture Statement
Yesterday afternoon Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly, the Chief, Army Reserve, testified before Congress on personnel issues and the posture of the Army Reserve.
The written testimony, 2006 Army Reserve Posture Statement, reveals a host of initiatives within the Army Reserve resulting in deep, profound change in an institution adapting to meet the challenges of this century.
Helmly described structural changes that are streamlining the command and control, moving more Army Reserve Soldiers to deployable units, and increasing the number of Soldiers for civil affairs and psychological operations units. Reducing units that are in less demand to improve the readiness of high-demand units is cited as another initiative that is improving the Army Reserve's readiness.
Title 10 of the U.S. Code calls for the Army Reserve 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 date, more than 149,000 Army Reserve Soldiers have deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism; 37,000 are still mobilized. The Army Reserve also supported relief operations to hurricanes Rita and Katrina and the earthquake in Pakistan in the past year.
Described as "the foundation for Army Reserve support to future contingencies," the Army Reserve Expeditionary Force model - a developing cyclic management system - "will add rotational depth to the force, spread the operational tempo more evenly throughout the Army Reserve, and add predictability to the processes that support combatant commanders, Soldiers, families and employers," states the testimony.
For more information and to read the entire Posture Statement, follow this link to the Army Reserve Web site.
The 2006 Army Modernization Plan provides a report on the Army's efforts to support our Soldiers and maintain current readiness, while developing and fielding improved capabilities for tomorrow. The 2006 Army Modernization Plan updates this course to include the urgent demands of today's missions and opportunities for applying significanttechnological improvements. It describes the flexible modernization and investment strategies that place a priority on providing the best capabilities to the Army today, while also supporting a sustained transformation process.
View and read the entire 2006 Army Modernization Plan.