Army's plan to downsize Reserve faces pushback

05/13/2013 | Army Times Prime (subscription required)

The Army plans to cut about 80,000 Guard and Reserve troops and replace some Reserve units with active-duty troops in upcoming deployments, moves that critics say endanger the readiness of the Reserve. The plan would make it more difficult for the Reserve to recruit and retain soldiers, they say. "Deploying only [active-component] units will force the [reserve components] back into a purely strategic role, and that's something that today's citizen warriors won't stand for," said retired Brig. Gen. Michael Silva, national president of the Reserve Officers Association.

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