Army Reserve Works to Hit 2021 End Strength Goals

Army Reserve Works to Hit 2021 End Strength Goals

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Photo by: U.S. Army Reserve/Sgt. Bethany L. Huff

The Army Reserve is set to meet its end strength goal this year, according to the component’s senior enlisted soldier, who said that while the component missed last year’s recruiting mission, it surpassed its retention goals.

Describing 2020 as “a tough year” for the Army Reserve as it carried out multiple emergency missions at home, Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, who became the 14th command sergeant major of the Army Reserve in April, said the component has increased its mission requirements and is executing a plan that will help boost recruiting.

“We believe we’re going to meet the end strength objectives for fiscal year 2021,” Lombardo said Dec. 9 during The AUSA Noon Report, a webinar series hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The Army Reserve, with an end strength of 188,703, fell just short of its goal of 189,500 for fiscal year 2020, but Lombardo pointed out that the component exceeded its retention requirements by 134%. 

This year’s effort to meet the end strength goal, he said, will be achieved in partnership with Army Recruiting Command, the Army Reserve Careers Group, Army Reserve Ambassadors, and Army Human Resources Command’s Reserve Component Transition Branch.

Lombardo also noted that the Reserve has 16 MOSs “that also offer a $20,000 bonus for a specific commitment, which will help you transition” to the Reserve from active duty. He encouraged soldiers to talk to their retention NCOs about options for being in the Reserve, and he urged members of the Army’s sister services, whose career options may have peaked, to consider joining the Army Reserve.

“One of the benefits of the Army Reserve is that you can get promoted into any vacancy that we have anywhere in the country. We'll pay you to travel there, and we'll also pay for your lodging as well,” Lombardo said.

Before his current assignment, Lombardo, a military police soldier, was the senior enlisted soldier of the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Meade, Maryland, and the command sergeant major for the 99th Readiness Division at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, the 100th Training Division and the 333rd MP Brigade.

He has served six overseas deployments, including twice to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Afghanistan. He also served in Bosnia, Kosovo and the first Gulf War. In his civilian career, Lombardo is a deputy inspector with the New York City Police Department.

To watch the webinar recording, click here.