What the reserves can--and can't-- do

Gold, Philip
March 1984
Public Interest;Spring1984, Issue 75, p47
Academic Journal
This article discusses the constitutional functions of the reserved military in the U.S. There is no fundamental difference between an officer in the reserves, with a fulltime civilian job, and an officer on active duty at an American base overseas. They are essentially interchangeable parts of a Total Force. In a sense, the Total Force policy represents the quintessential American response to military manpower needs, at least in theory. The tradition of the part-time citizen-soldier runs deep; the Minuteman, in concept if not in fact, has always been viewed as an integral and crucial component of the national defense. Considered this way, then, the Total Force policy represents perhaps; nothing so much as a return to a practice now centuries old: reliance on a part-time citizen-soldiery.


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