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Increasing the Operational Availability of the National Guard
 
Command Sgt. Maj. Hester and LTC Mittman uncase the regimental colors of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion 137th Infantry Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti  (Photo: DoD)  

 

SUPPORTING OPERATIONAL NATIONAL GUARD'S DUAL ROLE:
RECONSIDERING RESERVE COMPONENT CATEGORIES

LTC Early I. Falk
US Army National Guard

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army National Guard, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

This AY-10 USAWC resident student paper argues for establishing a new strategy to provide a sustainable, ready, and reliable operational National Guard capable of meeting all of its constitutionally-rooted, dual-role requirements in an era of persistent conflict. It concludes with recommendations to structure the operational National Guard to facilitate a Continuum of Service and reduce current dependence on recurring involuntary mobilizations. The author believes this restructured National Guard will be able to maintain its long-term viability as an all-volunteer reserve force while providing strategic depth and increasing readiness in support of national security.

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