Tried And True Integrating Active And Reserve Components
AIR WAR COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Total Force Integration has proven to be an effective and efficient way to capitalize on the strengths of the Active and Reserve Components. Senior leadership has advocated for integrating the active and reserve forces to maximize capabilities and execute the mission in a more efficient, cost effective manner. This paper examines the differences in duty status between the Active and Reserve Components, administrative control and operational direction, and three different constructs for integrating active duty, Air National Guard, and Reserve personnel into a wing structure. Classic Associations have the Active Component as the lead organization Active Associations put a Reserve Component either Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve as the lead, and the Integrated Wing combines the leadership into one chain of command. While the Classic and Active Associations have a history of effectively integrating forces, the Integrated Wing requires further testing and refinement to overcome command and control, legal, and personnel management issues.
- Military Forces and Organizations