The Future of the Reserve Forces.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The purpose of this essay is to study the future of the United States Reserve Forces in an environment of an all-volunteer army or zero draft and to seek solutions to the major problems of recruitment and retention while recognizing that increased importance is being placed on the individual Reservist and the Reserves as a large, combat-ready force. The essay concludes that the voluntary system will not support the Reserves and that the draft will be required or that a new approach to manpower acquisition will be necessary in order to maintain and adequate force level. It expresses some of the economic incentives which could help in motivating the Reserve recruiting and retention program, and it also proposes that patriotism and the desire to perform be exploited as motivating factors. This study is limited to army type personnel, but certainly conclusions pertaining to the other services would be similar and related in their effect on the United States military strategy. Author
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics