ARLINGTON, Va. — The Army Reserve has increased its ranks by 20,000
and continues to meet its recruiting goals, but there are some gaps that
remain unfilled in mid-level ranks and different specialties.
exist particularly among mid-level commissioned and noncommissioned
is short on captains, majors and sergeants first class, but has a
surplus of colonels and sergeants major, said Brig. Gen. Leslie A.
Purser, the Army Reserve’s deputy chief.
said she is working to ensure the Army Reserve has the right force for
the right missions.
to make sure we have the right Soldier in the right place at the right
time,” she said. “We have to make sure we can balance it across the
to accomplish that balance, Purser said the Army Reserve must target
prior-service Soldiers more than those without any service.
seasoned Soldiers and their active-duty experience so that we can train
our reservists who may not have had an opportunity to be on active
duty,” Purser said.
Reserve is increasing its efforts at transition points where active-duty
Soldiers leave the service in an attempt to reach out and provide them
with the benefits of joining the Reserve so that they will continue to
serve their country.
include attempting to reach prospects within six to nine months before
the end of their service agreements so that they are aware of the
opportunities available to them in the Reserve.
Soldiers can be considered on a case-by-case basis for deferred
deployment in order to finish their bachelor’s or associate’s degree if
they are enrolled in an accredited university, Purser said.
some terrific incentives that would help give them a more positive
quality of life than it would if they got off active duty and just hung
it all up,” she said.
that it’s very valuable for them to continue their service in support of
their country and we can help them do that,” Purser said.
effort to attract more active-duty Soldiers, the Army Reserve will
guarantee that a Soldier who joins the Reserve will be deferred for two
years from deployment.
Additionally, the Employer Partnership initiative links Army Reserve
Soldiers with civilian job opportunities in their military career fields
with nearly 800 employers throughout the United States who have
acknowledged and support the service obligation reservists must fulfill.
to think of the Army Reserve as a positive investment for America,”
Purser said. “We are helping America accomplish its military objectives
and strategic military objectives as well as helping small-town
employers and large corporations hire the best- qualified individuals.”
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