Transforming the Naval Reserve: How to Stay Relevant and Affordable in the Post-Cold War Environment
Strategy research rept.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Naval Reserve has traditionally been viewed as a force multiplier. Since the Gulf War, the Naval Reserve has been called up in response to various contingencies. Although the Naval Reserve markets itself as an economic benefit to the active forces, it is fragmented, disjointed and expensive. In particular, reserve manpower levels are based on a global war scenario rather than current and projected requirements. In addition, their infrastructure is aged and costly to maintain. The Naval Reserve needs to review its current manning levels with respect to the current environmentrequirements. Furthermore, it needs to rid itself of aged training facilities to improve the quality of training for the reserves and lower its maintenance costs. Once the Naval Reserve addresses these two key areas, it can transform itself into a more cost effective force and remain an asset to the active component.
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