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Army plans to transform IRR

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 22, 2006) -- The Army is creating a special "Individual Warrior Category" within the Individual Ready Reserve for Soldiers who are qualified and ready to deploy.

Soldiers in the IW Category will be required to maintain a higher state of readiness than other IRR troops by participating in virtual musters, attending annual readiness processing and --through managed training opportunities -- maintaining proficiency in their military occupational specialty.

The IW Category will focus on elevating individual expectation management, proactive career management, unique training opportunities, and promote continuum of service toward a military retirement, officials said.

Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey has endorsed the move to reset and reinvigorate the IRR.

“Senior Army leadership is committed to providing the necessary funding required to shape the IW initiative,” Harvey said. He added those in the category will be “a viable pool” of individual warriors “trained and employable to meet the needs of the Army.”

The IRR will be transformed into the Army’s leading “prior service talent bank” through several programmed initiatives as it builds the future force, G1 officials said.

There are more than 100,000 Soldiers (enlisted and officers) in the IRR, representing more than 200 Military Occupational Skills ranging from combat arms, combat support and combat-service support specialties.

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