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Shaping the Force

Jan 25, 2010


Shaping the Force

What is it?

Shaping the Army Reserve Force is building the right force to meet the challenges of the future; the needs of the Army and the nation; and the needs of our Soldiers, their families and their employers. It is a focused strategy of proper balance and force sustainment.

What has the Army Reserve done?

During the last three years, the men and women of the Army Reserve have worked hard to grow the Army Reserve end strength by almost 20,000 Soldiers. Despite a competitive recruiting market, the goal of 207,000 Soldiers was achieved in April 2009, more than a year before projected.

What does the Army Reserve have planned for the future?

In 2010, the Army Reserve will leverage human capital management strategies to shape the force into an affordable and effective force capable of supporting national security objectives and the combatant commanders' war-fighting needs. This strategy will meet our nation's future military needs by ensuring the right people with the right skills are in the right units at the right time. Recruiting efforts will focus on more prior-service recruits who are slightly older and bring more experience than most first-term Soldiers. These experienced Soldiers can fill shortages among mid-level commissioned and noncommissioned officers. Further, the Army Reserve will offer incentives to Soldiers in over-strength occupational specialties who will retrain into military occupational specialties (MOSs) that are experiencing shortfalls. Lastly, steps are being taken to reduce over-strength MOSs and to grow the MOSs that are critically short and to fill the gaps in manning for mid-grade officers and non-commissioned officers.

Why is this important to the Army Reserve?

Shaping the force is cost effective, meets the needs of the nation and allows for continued service.

• Compared to the cost of expanding the full-time force, retaining prior service Soldiers in the Army Reserve provides security at home and combats terrorism abroad.

• Some Soldiers leave active duty because they've grown deployment weary, so the Army Reserve guarantees more dwell time at home between deployments for some prior-service recruits even if their unit is scheduled to deploy.

• In the Army Reserve, prior-service Soldiers can continue to serve their country while they enjoy all the benefits of a civilian career. They can train close to home, continue their education, earn an extra paycheck while serving and continue working toward a military retirement.

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