Ready Now, Shaping Tomorrow
The United States Army Reserve celebrates its 114th Birthday on April 23, 2022. Often called “Citizen Soldiers,” these individuals are highly trained and deploy alongside active duty soldiers. Whether performing combat missions abroad or saving lives and protecting property at home, the Army Reserve offers versatile, available, and effective capabilities to the Army at a reduced cost to the American taxpayer.
On April 23, 1908, Congress created the Medical Reserve Corps, a group of 160 doctors formed to provide the nation with a reservoir of trained medical professionals for employment in times of national emergency. The following month, Congress established the Medical Reserve Corps. Over time, other specialties were added to augment active duty forces. One of the Army Reserve’s greatest “Citizen Soldiers” was Theodore Roosevelt.
“Soldiers, Civilians and Families are the centerpiece of our efforts to stay ready and evolve. Ready and resilient Soldiers, capable leaders, cohesive teams, strong families, and supportive employers are the key to a ready and capable Army Reserve,” states Lieutenant General JODY J. DANIELS, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command.
The Army Reserve has deployed for every major conflict (two World Wars, a Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Overseas Contingency Operations and countless other crises, operations and emergencies). It always answers the nation’s call.