Pardon My Absence.
Part of my new assignment has gotten thoughts swirling around in my skull about the design of the Army and how I wish I was in the basement of the Pentagon where they build the MTOE of units based on the overall authorization of the Active and Reserve forces.
Why are the Guard and Reserve continuously slashed when we go through cuts in the Active Force? I understand what it takes to spin-up a National Guard or Reserve unit to deploy. Sometimes the Army takes tactical risk by accelerating an Active Units ARFORGEN cycle because certain guard units have not cut the mustard in the past. Part of that I think is limited AGR and ADOS slots at the Battalion/Brigade/Division staff levels.
Now, to my question: Why is the Guard and Reserve Force smaller than the Active Force? Why is it not 3x size of the current Active Force?
I understand Budget constraints, but as our population has grown, so should our population of Citizen Soldiers. What allowed the Germans to rapidly seize territory during WWI was the design of their reserve system. Yes, I understand they had compulsory service which allowed them to build their reserve system. But for the most part, their Soldiers were proficiently trained and able to mobilize within in a few months.
Based on current deployment outlook the US Army will outstrip itself similar to the beginning of the Surge when deployments were continuously extended, and then resets were truncated to put brigade back into the field. “Provide For the Common Defense.” We need to do this, and for the moment, we are unable to truly go on a war footing rapidly.