The Army Reserve Association (ARA)

Representing the Federal Army Reserve
A Voice for the Army Reserves!

Army Transformation
How has transformation affected you, your family, and your unit?

Let us hear about your experiences!
Write to us at:
ARA, PO Box 711, Winfield, KS 67156

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Army Chief Agrees!
"To be sure, our Army is being stretched to meet the demands of the current conflict.... Our Reserve Components are performing an operational role for which they were neither originally designed nor resourced."
  Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey Jr. - Jan 2008.

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Six Imperatives of Army Reserve Transformation

1. Reengineer the mobilization process to streamline and automate procedures that are currently time sensitive, paper based and multi-layered.
WHY? To respond more quickly to combatant commanders' needs.

2. Transform command and control to focus regional commands on training, leader development, unit readiness, and shorter mobilization timelines.
WHY? To focus against the core mission of providing trained, ready Soldiers and units when needed.

3. Restructure units into a flexible and adaptable force that meets anticipated mission requirements within the resource cap of 205,000 Soldiers. Divest structure that is irrelevant, habitually unready or too costly to modernize.
WHY? To deliver maximum value and utility for the resources expended.

4. Improve Human Resources staff, technologies and business practices to assist commanders and leaders at all levels to recruit, develop, train and care for Soldiers, families, civilians and contractors.
WHY? To support individuals in the Army Reserve and ensure they are trained and ready when called.

5. Build rotational-based force so a Soldier will only deploy nine to 12 months every five to six years. Create additional depth in high demand capabilities.
WHY? To provide stability and predictability to Soldiers, families and employers while simultaneously supporting the Global War on Terrorism, major combat operations and small scale contingencies.

6. Improve individual support to combatant commanders by increasing the number of trained and ready Soldiers in critical military occupational specialties available for individual augmentation. Overcome past impediments — systems issues, red tape and communications problems.

WHY? To meet the Army’s increased demand for individual capabilities without threatening unit readiness.
(More information will be posted here on  the "Future Force Transformation Information Paper.")

Editors note: increasing concerns about the implementation of these imperatives are growing. We appreciate hearing what your thoughts are about them. Contact us at:

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Historical note:

"All wars should be governed by certain principles, for every war should have a definite object, and be conducted according to the rules of art. (A war should only be undertaken with forces proportioned to the obstacles to be overcome.)"

Excerpt from the 1969 Reprint of: The Officer's Manual, Napoleon's Maxims of War, New York: James. G. Gregory, N. 46 Walker Street. 1861.