Reserve Component Programs, Fiscal Year 1988.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (MANPOWER RESERVE AFFAIRS/LOGISTICS) WASHINGTO N DC RESERVE FORCES POLICY BOARD
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The Reserve Forces Policy Board Board, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, is by statue the principal policy adviser to the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the reserve components. The Board is required by statute to prepare an annual report which the Secretary of Defense provides to the President and Congress. The report details contributions of the reserve components to the total force and addresses matters pertaining to readiness of National Guard and Reserve units and individual members. The total force is much stronger now than it was eight years ago. The quality of military personnel is higher and the morale among service members and their families is better. Much of the force is being modernized and more effective and more effective training is being conducted. Nevertheless, further increases in readiness are limited by problems in areas such as individual skill qualification, equipment shortages and incompatibility personnel strength, limited training time, personnel and force structure turbulence, and facility inadequacies. Reserve component units are an integral part of theater commanders operational plans. Successful operations could not be conducted without them. The probability of reduced appropriations for the Department of Defense in the next few years will require strengthening National Guard and Reserve forces. Maintaining large, forward-deployed, active component forces may come under close scrutiny. Selected Reserve units and personnel, with increased capabilities, may become an alternative to maintaining a large active component force.SDW
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