Enhancing Personnel Readiness in the Army Reserve Components

by Bruce R. Orvis

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This research brief describes work documented in Ensuring Personnel Readiness in the Army Reserve Components (MR-659-A).

Excerpt: The personnel readiness of the Army Reserve Components (RC) — including both the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve — is an important national security issue. In fact, despite the Army's continued reliance on the RC in wartime, many of their units have long been manned significantly below wartime readiness requirements. This readiness shortfall gives rise to concerns for future contingencies: Will the Army be ready to deploy critical RC units at the required strength when they are needed? Drawing on findings presented in the RAND Arroyo Center report Ensuring Personnel Readiness in the Army Reserve Components, this research brief summarizes the efforts of Arroyo Center analysts to understand Army RC personnel readiness shortfalls, their implications, and their potential solutions.

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