Reserve Component Programs, Fiscal Year 1987.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (MANPOWER RESERVE AFFAIRS/LOGISTICS) WASHINGTO N
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The Reserve Forces Policy Board Board, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, is by statute the principal policy adviser to the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the reserve components and is required to prepare an Annual Report which the Secretary of Defense provides to the President and Congress. The report details the contributions of the reserve components to the Total Force and addresses matters pertaining to readiness of the National Guard and Reserve. As full partners in the Total Force, the reserve components are vital to United States foreign and national security policies. They are essential elements of the national strategy of maintaining peace through deterrence or failing that, to reestablish peace through victory on the battlefield. In contingencies or conflict, reserve component units may be deployed simultaneously, or even ahead of active component forces. Employment of National Guard and Reserve forces is integral to the execution of operational plans and to mission accomplishment. The reserve components in this decade have made unprecedented progress toward readiness goals in the areas of personnel, training, equipment, and mobilization preparedness. Force readiness is a major objective of the reserve components. Overall readiness levels and capabilities of many reserve component units have greatly improved in recent years. The reserve components are evaluated in this report by analyzing force structure, personnel, equipment, training, mobilization, medical, facilities, and budget issues.
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