Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army
There has never been a better time to be an Army Reserve
Soldier. At no period
during our century of service to the nation have we undergone the
monumental change that is currently under way.
We're on a positive course to deliver even greater value and
service to the Army, the nation, our communities and our families.
The Army Reserve is a dynamic organization that fully
recognizes that we owe our success of the past, present and future to
the backing of our families and employers. To show our appreciation
and gratitude in response, we're funneling resources into tangible and
meaningful benefits and programs that make it easier for families and
employers to continue valuable support to Army Reserve Soldiers.
On April 23, 1908, Congress created the Medical Reserve Corps,
a group of 160 doctors formed to provide the nation with a reservoir
of trained medical professionals for employment in times of national
The Army Reserve of 2008 has 195,000 Citizen Soldiers with
technical, specialized and professional skills in logistics,
transportation, training, health care, engineering, information
technology, communication networking and law enforcement, to name a
few of our capabilities.
Army Reserve Soldiers are actively involved in improving the
lives of people around the world through nation building and
humanitarian assistance, providing quick response for homeland defense
missions and natural disasters, and supporting and sustaining the
operating force during war.
At the heart of my vision for the Army Reserve of tomorrow is
an organization filled with Soldiers who eagerly continue to take on
new missions around the world, and are just as excited about new
opportunities to learn and improve as they are today.
I also envision an organization that gives Soldiers more ways
to serve, more benefit options, and more flexibility to design
military career paths that complement and advance life goals and
civilian career objectives.
The Army Reserve has served with excellence and honor in every
major military and humanitarian engagement of the past 100 years,
playing integral roles in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam,
the Cold War, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia,
Kosovo, the Iraq War and the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).
Since 9/11, nearly 193,000 Army Reserve Soldiers have mobilized
and deployed to support GWOT and homeland security; almost 28,000 are
mobilized today. We don't know where the next unrest in the world
might occur, we don't know when the next natural disaster will hit,
but the nation is confident that we're trained and ready.
As we mark 100 years of service to America, we also must
remember the service and sacrifice of our fellow Soldiers who have
given their lives for our freedoms.
We will always be grateful.
On this momentous occasion, I am especially proud to serve with
trained and ready Army Reserve Soldiers who serve the nation and their
communities. They are "twice the citizen."
Each generation of Army Reserve Soldiers serves the nation with
honor and distinction, and our current Soldiers are no exception.
If the past is any indication, we can expect a bright and
successful future for the Army Reserve in the 21st century.
The Army Reserve is ready for the next 100 Years.