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Paid Duty Days for Army Guardsmen and Reservists: A Comparison of Fiscal Year 2000 with Fiscal Years 2010 to 2013


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By law, reservists and guardsmen are generally required to train 38 or 39 days per year, respectively, although soldiers who are in initial entry training or on extended periods of active duty serve more. Some have suggested that, in recent years, few guardsmen and reservists have served only 39 days per year. In this report, we look at the number of paid days of service for Army reservists and guardsmen in fiscal years (FYs) 2010 through 2013, compared with a preSeptember 11, 2001, baseline of FY 2000. We refer to paid days of service as paid duty days. We focus in particular on paid duty days for the median soldier because this better indicates what the typical guardsman or reservist experiences. This is because averages can be skewed by small numbers serving much more or less than the norm. This report focuses on Army guardsmen and reservists who are not mobilized, who are not Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) or Reserve Individual Mobilization Augmentees(IMAs), and who have completed initial entry training. Excluding these groups allows us to focus on the guardsmen and reservists most likely to serve the statutorily required number of days. This analysis does include guardsmen and reservists on some forms of extended active duty, such as active duty for training (ADT) or active duty for operational support (ADOS).



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