Reconfiguring the Total Force

Wednesday November 1, 2006

What is it? Recent operational experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan highlight the need to rebalance military skills across the Active and Reserve Components. The Military Departments are now rebalancing - shifting, transferring, or eliminating - approximately 70,000 positions within the Active and Reserve Components. The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to rebalance an additional 55,000 positions by 2010.

What has the Army done? The Military Departments and Combatant Commanders continually assess the force to ensure it remains responsive to future demands. U.S. Joint Forces Command, as the joint force provider, is ensuring the appropriate global distribution of ready forces and competencies. DoD plans to establish a baseline for personnel policy, including the development of joint metrics and a common lexicon to link the Defense Strategy to Service-level rebalancing decisions.

The traditional distinction between war and peace became less clear at the start of the 21st century. During the Cold War, the Reserve Component (RC) was used as a "strategic reserve" to support Active Component forces during major combat operations. In the current global war on terrorism, the United States is facing contingencies at unpredictable intervals. To fight this type of war and continue to conduct contingency operations, joint force commanders require more immediate access to the Total Force which includes the RC. Today's RC needs to be operational.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? To make the RC more operational, DoD is requesting the following:

-Increase the authorized Presidential Reserve Call-up period from 270 to 365 days

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For more information on this and other topics see** Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.**


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