2012 Army Reserve Posture Statement

Wednesday March 28, 2012

What is it?

The annual Army Reserve Posture Statement is an unclassified summary of Army Reserve roles, missions, accomplishments, plans, and programs. The 2012 Army Reserve Posture Statement also addresses the support required by the Army Reserve to maintain its role as a key enabler and essential part of the total force during fiscal year 2013. This document is available on the Army Reserve website

What has the Army Reserve done?

Never before in the history of our nation has the United States Army Reserve been more indispensable to the Army than it is today. Forged through 10 years of persistent conflict across the globe, the Army Reserve has out of necessity evolved into an enduring part of the operational force. Steady demands for Army Reserve enabler capabilities introduced a new paradigm into our nation's defense strategy, ushering in an era of reliance on an operational Army Reserve as part of our national security architecture.

What continued efforts does the Army Reserve have planned for the future?

As we look to the future, our commitment is steadfast and the focus is clear: the Army Reserve is an essential part of the Total Force and we will do all we can to ensure this combat seasoned, highly skilled force of warrior-citizens remains ready to support the full range of military operations well into the future. We will provide a solid, experienced foundation for future Army expandability, should our nation require it, by retaining talent in the Army Reserve as the active component downsizes. We will be an integral part of the Army's decisive force, providing key enabler capabilities to help the Army prevent future conflicts, shape the international environment and win our nation's wars when called upon. The unique combat support and combat service support capabilities we provide are integral to success of the full range of military operations, including combat operations, disaster response, humanitarian support and peacekeeping missions worldwide.

Why is this important to the Army?

Effective and efficient use of the total force is essential in a time of diminishing resources and the Army Reserve is a great return on this nation's investment. The Army Reserve will continue to provide support to the Army's operational force along a cyclic readiness model across the full range of military operations, and will work to retain key talent in the Army Reserve.


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"The military derives its strength from the support of the American people, so it's absolutely important that they understand what their Army is doing and where their Army is going. I think in many ways it has to do with leveraging all of the connections that we have. One of which, I think is so critically important … is the connection that . . . [we] . . . have in the National Guard and the Reserve in their linkages back to American society."

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