Talley outlines Rally Point 32
strategy for Army Reserve
|FORT BRAGG, N.C. (U.S. Army Reserve Command Public
Affairs Office) — Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley spent much of his first two
days as commanding general outlining his guidance for the Army Reserve.
Talley shared his Rally Point 32 strategy with Army Reserve leaders at
the Senior Leader Conference in Raleigh, N.C., June 10. He then held
three town hall sessions with military and civilian employees at the
U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) headquarters here, June 11.
Rally Point 32 ties together the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army’s
Marching Orders, Army Reserve Vision and Strategy 2020, and the Army
Reserve Campaign Plan.
It describes Talley’s intent to sustain a high-quality, all-volunteer,
operational Army Reserve for Army and Joint Force missions at home and
By using Talley’s guidance, Army Reserve Soldiers, leaders, and units
will couple vital military capabilities with their individual
civilian-acquired skills to provide strategic depth across the full
range of military operations.
“The most important thing is that we provide Soldiers, leaders, and
units that are ready and available to Gen. (David) Rodriguez, our
FORSCOM (U.S. Army Forces Command) commanding general,” Talley said. “If
we fail at that, we fail as an Army Reserve.”
He said it is imperative to meet Army and joint force requirements for
missions across the globe.
“At the end of the day, that is all we have to do to be heroes. It is
also the hardest thing we have to do,” he said.
Talley pointed out that over the past 10 years of sustained operations,
resources were abundant to meet mission requirements. Now, as the Army
reshapes and refits going forward, manpower and budget challenges lay
“We’re not going to be able to maintain the level of readiness across
the Army Reserve that we’ve rolled into over 10 years of war,” he said.
“Resources have to appropriately come down.”
Talley said the Army Reserve will posture itself through “progressive
readiness” by providing appropriate levels of readiness at the right
place and right time.
“That progressive cycle of readiness is really based upon us making sure
that we are properly assessing the Soldier, leader, and unit readiness
that’s out there in our formations,” he said. “That is the overall
priority for the Army Reserve.”
Another key component of Rally Point 32 is getting back to basics
through homestation training. Talley said a majority of Army Reserve
Soldiers, now serving are unfamiliar with homestation training because
of the operational demands over the last decade.
“We have to get back to, how does a unit train at home station? How do
we make use of simulation equipment? How do those command teams plan and
execute their own training?” Talley said.
He is putting the responsibility for these training requirements on the
unit command teams with support from the training commands and USARC
“What we do up here, when we’re doing staff work, is to make sure that
we are helping enable them to do a better job of training their
formations so they will be ready when we need them,” he said.
He is also challenging Soldiers, leaders, and civilians to find balance
in their lives and careers.
“If you make sure that you are the best Family member, ever, and then
the best private-public civilian employee, and then best Soldier, the
Army wins,” he said. “Because that means you are at the top of your game
across the spectrum of activity, no matter whether it’s at home, the
office, or in the formation.”
He also pointed out the reason for the existence of the Army Reserve is
to serve the Army.
“It should be about our Army and how we support the Army,” Talley said.
“We shouldn’t ever feel like we’re second-class citizens because we’re
part of the Army Reserve. Without the Army Reserve, the Army cannot win
He added that Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, coming
to Fort Bragg for the change-of-command ceremony, sends a “pretty clear
message to the Army how important the Army Reserve is.” Talley closed by
challenging Soldiers, leaders, and civilians, to ask this question every
day, “What am I doing today that makes the Army better?”
Talley assumed command of the U.S. Army Reserve at a change of command
ceremony, here, June 9. He is the 32nd Chief, Army Reserve and the
seventh commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command.