Leveraging technology to innovate RCAS training

Leveraging technology to innovate RCAS training

By Robert G. Medley and Rita G. Bartholomew Since its inception, Reserve Component Automation Systems (RCAS) has faced a number of training challenges. Soldier time constraints, weekend training in remote locations, and restricted instructor travel budgets forced the RCAS training team to develop new ways to deliver training to Reserve Component (RC) personnel. Our training team has met these challenges with one critical mission in mind: deliver quality training to thousands of RC users from both the Army National Guard (ARNG) and the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) to enhance their day-to-day mobilization, safety, force management and personnel operations. Beginning in the 1990s, RCAS conducted on-site training for the RC Commands. […]

The U.S. Army Net Zero Program

The U.S. Army Net Zero Program

In April 2012, the Army announced that a number of its installations had been identified to test a pilot program known as Net Zero. These installations would be a part of the Army’s overall effort to address sustainability and energy security challenges. The program focuses on the critical areas of energy, water, and waste, ideally consuming only as much energy or water as it produces over the year and/or attempting to eliminate waste through an established hierarchy. (See Figure 1) As a full partner in this process, the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) has pilot installations in all three areas of Net Zero: Energy – Fort Hunter Liggett, CA and Parks […]

From the Top

From the Top

LTG Jeffrey W. Talley The success of America’s Army relies on the depth of a multicomponent force and will require the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and Army National Guard (ARNG) to maintain their key role as part of Army force structure. My vision and strategy, outlined in “Rally Point 32,” will enable the USAR to sustain its support to the Total Army and the Joint Force. While the past decade has redefined what it means to be a Reserve Soldier, the Army’s increasing reliance on critical capabilities resident in the USAR has been generations in the making. In the early 1970s, the Total Force policy, also known as the Abrams […]

The U.S. Army Reserve Mission

The  U.S. Army Reserve Mission

The Army Reserve’s mission, under Title 10 U.S. Code, is to provide trained, equipped, and ready Soldiers and cohesive units to meet the global requirements across the full spectrum of operations. The Army Reserve is a key element in the Army multi-component unit force, training with Active and National Guard units to ensure all three components work as a fully integrated team. Enabling the Army to do more with fewer resources, by providing a flexible, well-trained, complementary force that can expand and contract to meet the specific needs and challenges of each new mission. Training Soldiers at the highest possible level in one of nearly 200 specific skills to support […]