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Needed: A Strategy for the Technical Training of Reservists.

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The most serious and continuing challenge to a workable Total Force is Policy is providing adequate training for early-deploying members of the reserve components. especially those of the Army. Current police, programs, and resources are inadequate to cope with the difficulties inherent in building and maintaining adequate technical skill levels in part-time soldiers. As equipment shortage problems of reserve units continue to be corrected, the lack of a workable training strategy will emerge as the limiting factor to Total Force effectiveness. It is the unique environment of the reserve components that makes technical skill training of reservists extremely difficult. Reservists have limited and interrupted training time available. Reserve units are usually small in size and widely spread geographically, often great distances from supported units and work facilities. The training problem is made even more difficult when training depends heavily on on-the-job training and on-the-job experience, as it does for most technical specialities. Small reserve units with few authorized positions in each of a wide variety of skills often find it difficult, if not impossible, to conduct conventional, on-the-job training within the unit. Lack of mission equipment, training devices, and adequate full-time staffs add to the burden. In this report, we outline a number of specific training initiatives for the reserve components. They have significant potential and should be considered in a new, overall reserve component training strategy. Keywords Reserve components, Technical skills, Manpower, Personnel, Logistics skills, Reserve forces, National guard.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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