Total Force Concept: Reality or Myth.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Constraints imposed by Congress on the Active Army have placed greater reliance on our Reserve Components. These constraints in effect have dictated a Total Force Concept that can be supported by a lower level of funding and manpower. Congress has reduced the Active Army to its lowest strength in a decade and has upgraded reliance on the more economical Reserve Components. A major consideration in this development is maintaining our ability to fulfill overseas commitments. The active force strength of 16 divisions must now be augmented by a force of 8 National Guard divisions and 21 brigades to meet baseline objectives. A review of the Defense Budget of Fy 75 indicates that there is growing concern within DoD for the missions assigned Reserve Components under the Total Force Concept from the standpoint of manpower, equipment, facilities, funding and levels of training. Defense officials fear that Reserve Components have been assigned missions beyond their capabilities and cannot be relied upon for a quick responsive force.
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