Reserve, National Guard Advocates Praise New Pentagon Directive

By Marjorie Censer / November 12, 2008 at 5:00 AM
A new Defense Department directive that recognizes the reserve component as an operational force reflects a dramatic change in the way the Defense Department views the National Guard and Reserves, according to officials and advocates for the reserve component. The Oct. 29 document says that the reserve components "provide operational capabilities and strategic depth to meet U.S. defense requirements across the full spectrum of conflict," and that active and reserve components "are integrated as a total force based on the...

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