ART Or AGR: Deciphering Which Reserve Program is Best Suited for Today's Total Force Structure
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Over the last two decades, the Air Force Reserve AFR has seen a shift in how it supports the United States. As a result of budget constraints and manning cuts, the Air Force AF has decided to move forward with more integrated component workforces. In merging Active Duty AD and AFR components, it is important for commanders and Airmen to be able to seamlessly work, manage, and be treated equally, in order to accomplish the mission. This paper analyzed the AFR full-time workforce, which are the ART and AGR programs, by comparing each and highlighting the differences, advantages and disadvantages they present to commanders and Airmen who work in a mixed component environment. Some of the differences and disadvantages in the ART program present challenges and issues that can affect the mission, budget, manning, and morale of a unit. These same challenges and issues were not identified with the AGR program, and overall, this program appears to be better suited for todays Total Force initiatives. As a result, the AFRs must consider replacing ARTs with AGRs in a mixed component workforce.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations