Reserve Component Readiness Assessment Methodologies: Is There a Better Way
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Reserve Component unit readiness is important because the Army cannot operate in any spectrum of conflict without mobilizing reserve forces. Major portions of the Armys support structure reside in the reserves. The current Unit Status Report does not adequately assess unit training readiness using objective data, but relies on commanders subjectivity. This monograph serves to analyze the current readiness reporting system, identify shortcomings in the system, and recommend solutions. Therefore the study is significant to identifying ways to improve readiness assessment reporting, thus streamlining the mobilization process. The purpose of this monograph is to evaluate the applicability of the current Reserve Component unit readiness assessment process, and determine if other methods of readiness assessment are more effective. The study uses historical references to lay the groundwork for understanding the current assessment system. However, it primarily addresses current readiness assessment methodologies grounded in regulation and doctrine as prescribed by Unit Status Reporting USR procedures, and Forces Command pre-mobilization training requirements, as outlined in FORSCOM Regulations. Since readiness and mobilization are symbiotic processes, doctrinal concepts from the FORSCOM Mobilization and Deployment Planning System FORMDEPS series of regulations will be reviewed when appropriate. The system will be analyzed to determine if USR, post-mobilization training estimates expressed in terms of a latest arrival date LAD, or a combination of the two is the most appropriate method to assess Reserve Component unit readiness.
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