Congressional Quandary: Increasing the Army Reserve Full-Time Support Force
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The full-time support FTS force, consisting of Active Guard Reserve soldiers, Army Reserve technicians, Department of the Army Civilians, and Active Component soldiers in support of the Army Reserve, enhances the reserve units administrative, recruiting, planning, maintenance, supply and training functions essential to unit readiness. FTS personnel serve as force multiplier, enabling drilling reservists to take maximum advantage of limited training time. Since the Army Reserve FTS force is the smallest of all the Reserve components, Congress decided that the Army Reserve FTS force should increase to 14 percent of the Selected Reserves end-strength. But how will the Army Reserve ever achieve this growth objective if Congress in unwilling to authorize funding to increase the force This individual study project addresses this fundamental questions and recommends that Congress approve a FTS manning increase with appropriate funding for the next three years. Then the Army reserve can continue to improve its readiness to mobilize. Keywords Military history, Korean war, World war 2, Berlin crisis, Vietnam war.
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