The centuries-old question arose again during the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition: Should the Army National Guard and Army Reserve be merged into one force?
Speaking Tuesday, Oct. 23, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief of the Army Reserve, said, “The short answer is ‘just say no.’” Adding, “I don’t think it makes sense to put all federal reserve under state control. I think we’re good allies [Army National Guard and Army Reserve].”
The director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. William Ingram, acknowledged the Government Accountability Study that is due out this summer. “We’re partner with the other components in the Army.” Adding, “The Army is strong because it has three components.”
Talley said, “I don’t think it’s gathering any steam.”