Military Reserves


Members of a country's military reserves pursue full-time civilian careers and are not on active duty, though they may be called upon at times of emergency. RAND provides military and political decisionmakers with objective research and recommendations on how to attract, train, and maintain an effective military reserve force.

  • A member of the U.S. Navy takes a patient's blood pressure


    Reserve Component Results from the Health Related Behaviors Survey

    Apr 28, 2021

    Findings from the 2018 Health Related Behaviors Survey of reserve component service members relate to health promotion and disease prevention, substance use, mental and emotional health, physical health and functional limitations, sexual behavior and health, sexual orientation and health, and deployment experiences and health.

  • An individual in the fatigues worn by U.S. Marines holding a cigarette and hamburger

    Research Brief

    Substance Use Among the Reserve Component

    Apr 28, 2021

    The Health Related Behaviors Survey provides insight into substance use among reserve component members, particularly use of alcohol, tobacco and nicotine products, and illicit and prescription drugs.

Explore Military Reserves