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Naval Reserve Changes to Navy Reserve

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050504-02
Release Date: 5/4/2005 11:22:00 AM

By Journalist Seaman Apprentice Quinn Whisner, Commander, Naval Reserve Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- President George W. Bush signed a “Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense” April 29, approving the redesignation of the United States Naval Reserve to the United States Navy Reserve.

The process and authority to seek this change were afforded by the 2005 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which requires that the President of the United States authorize the change, followed by delivery of the relevant United States Code changes to the Armed Services Committees, and finally publication of the change in the Federal Register.

Vice Adm. John G. Cotton, Commander Navy Reserve Force, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee April 13, supported the name change.

“Once we have become the Navy Reserve, the Chief of Naval Operations intends to promulgate guidance to “drop the R,” said Cotton. "Our great Sailors have always been in the Navy...they are the 'RE-serve' component of the greatest Navy ever. We might work just two or more days a month, but you cannot turn off the honor, courage and commitment that comes with being in the Navy, 24/7/365, ready to serve.”

The effective date for the change will be no earlier than 180 days from the date the required legislative changes are delivered to the Armed Services Committees. The Department of Defense and the Navy Department are preparing to implement these final steps. Official notice will be published in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of the change.

The tradition of the citizen Sailor began June 12, 1775, and has continued to grow throughout the years. Founded March 3, 1915, the Navy's Reserve celebrated its 90th birthday this year.


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