Army Total Force Policy

Tuesday October 23, 2012

What is it?

The Army Total Force Policy, signed by Secretary of the Army John McHugh on Sept. 4, 2012, is a milestone in our Army's history. This policy integrates the Army's active and reserve components and represents the realization of the Total Force Concept.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Total Force Policy is important to the Army for two reasons: First, it will align the Army with Secretary of Defense Directive 1200.17, which requires the military services to manage their reserve components as an operational force.

The Total Force Policy is also important to the Army because it establishes policy for the integration of the Army's active component and reserve components as a "Total Force." The Army's active and reserve components are vital to fulfilling national military needs. The Total Force Policy will help ensure the nation benefits from the experiences gained in the last decade of war.

What has the Army done?

The new Total Force Policy outlines a number of measures the Army will take to ensure integration of the active and reserve component forces, including:

- Executing Total Army Analysis to include an annual examination of force structure options, including the mix of active and reserve component forces.
- Ensuring that Army commands and Army service component commands establish uniform procedures and processes for validating the predeployment readiness of assigned AC and RC units and Soldiers.
- Streamlining the voluntary and involuntary call to active duty of RC personnel and units to rapidly expand and sustain Total Army capabilities.
- Ensuring the Army's equipping strategy promotes procurement programs and equipping processes that enable the Total Force to perform the Army's missions.
- Developing and implementing an integrated personnel management and pay system and establishing personnel policies that facilitate opportunities for Soldiers to move between active and reserve component assignments throughout their careers.
- Ensuring standards for qualification and professional development will be the same for active and reserve personnel.

What's planned for the future?

The Army Total Force Policy provides for a more uniform set of policies and procedures to govern the Total Army: active-duty, reserve and National Guard. It will facilitate better integration of these three component forces and a more balanced total force. And it will require HQDA to standardize authorities and procedures for pre-deployment readiness validation of the total Army.


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