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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — United States Army Reserve Soldiers provide tremendous value to our military and our nation. Skills and professionalism gained in the civilian sector and in their military careers are mutually beneficial. On April 23, we will celebrate the 113th birthday of the USAR, and we will recognize the tremendous impacts Reserve Soldiers make in all 50 states and in 23 countries around the world.

The Medical Reserve Corps was born in 1908. It was later reorganized after World War I to include enlisted Soldiers and officers, and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Over the past century, the Army Reserve continued to grow into the nearly 190,000 Soldiers and another 11,000 Department of the Army civilians serving today.

The Army Reserve represents almost 20 percent of the Army’s total force. You can see their contributions to our readiness in every branch. The Army Reserve makes up over half of the Engineer, Military Police, and CBRN force structures. Thanks in large part to the USAR 102nd Training Division here at Fort Leonard Wood, Army Reserve Soldiers are among the best-trained in the world.

We are incredibly proud to serve with the men and women of the United States Army Reserve. Thank you all for your leadership and for your dedication to the military and to your communities.

Victory Starts Here — Victory Through Skill!