This research brief describes work documented in Enlisted Personnel Trends in the Selected Reserve, 1986-1994: An Executive Summary (MR-681/1-OSD) and Enlisted Personnel Trends in the Selected Reserve, 1986-1994 (MR-681/2-OSD).

Excerpt: The call-up of over 240,000 reservists for the Persian Gulf War marked the largest mobilization of the reserves since the Korean War. Although largely successful, the call-up spawned a number of concerns. First, some units had to delay deployment because of low levels of skill qualification. Some senior officials, noting these readiness problems, worry about the ability of the reserves to attract sufficient numbers of experienced personnel. That concern is reflected in a congressional direction to the Army National Guard to boost the number of prior-service personnel in its ranks. Another concern is that such a large call-up could cause recruiting problems or foster a mass exodus. The drawdown of active and reserve forces has served only to intensify these worries. National Defense Research Institute researchers Richard Buddin and Sheila Kirby address these and other concerns in Enlisted Personnel Trends in the Selected Reserve, 1986-1994.

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