Who Stays and Who Goes: Army Enlisted Reserve and National Guard Retention

  • July 01, 2005
  • Dr Clayton K S Chun

The U.S. Army faces global challenges that have required it to use its reserve components in a manner unseen since World War II and the Korean War. Today, there are many questions and concerns about the future of the Army Reserve and National Guard due to the unprecedented, continued mobilization of these reserve components and problems involving retention. Without adequate retention of personnel, valuable experience and unit readiness is at risk. The Army would have to spend its limited resources to replace many seasoned Soldiers with junior personnel or use more contractors that may not be as effective or efficient.