A Day in History:  April 23 is the Army Reserves 110th Birthday


On April 23 the Army Reserve will celebrate its 110th Birthday. Originally created by Congress as the Medical Reserve Corps, it wasn’t until after World War I that the organization became known as the Army Reserve. Although it began as just a small group of medical professionals, today the Army Reserve provides ready access to trained forces to participate in major operations worldwide.

The Army Reserve has participated in World Wars as well as the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War. More recently, since 9/11, because the active-duty Army couldn’t fight this conflict alone, our Army Reserve Soldiers have been active in the Global War against terrorism. Today there are more than 200,000 Army Reserve Soldiers serving throughout the world.

Five Facts about the Army Reserve

  • An Army Reserve soldier spends one weekend a month on duty and two weeks a year in training.
  • Depending on the job you have within the Army Reserve, the length of service is between 3 – 6 years.
  • Army Reserve soldiers can live anywhere in the country.
  • Army Reserve soldiers are posted across 20 time zones.
  • With soldiers mobilized and deployed in more than 30 countries across the globe, today’s Army Reserve is the most battle-tested Reserve in our country’s history.

We sometimes forget about those who aren’t in active duty; however it’s important to show our appreciation to all of those in the Reserve. Now, more than ever, the Army relies on the Reserves to complete their missions. Veteran’s Commemoratives (vetcom.com) expresses its “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO COUNTRY” to Army Reservists and all proud Military Veterans throughout the world.

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