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Since 1950 the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) has been the Voice for the Army and Support for the Soldier.  However, somewhere along the way a very gross misconception of who could belong developed.  The false impression is that AUSA was just for Active Component Army and only Officers.  This is not so, AUSA is for both Components; Active and Reserve.  Also, all Ranks are eligible for membership.

Not too long ago at an AUSA Annual Meeting a now former Chief, Army Reserve stated that another way to think of the A’s in AUSA is that one A stands for ALL Components and the other for ALL Ranks.

Therefore, let it be said the AUSA has Army Reserve Soldiers (and their Families) “6”.  The following are the ways that AUSA is protecting and supporting you.

  • Resolutions  AUSA Resolutions are member driven.  The vast majority of Resolutions  come from AUSA’s worldwide Chapters.  It can be said that all AUSA Resolutions affect the total Army.  However, almost every year, more than 20 % addressed specific needs of the Reserve Component.  AUSA Resolutions go directly to Congress.

  • Chapter events/support  There are 119 worldwide AUSA Chapters.  The vast majority are very active in giving support to Soldiers and their Families.  As many of the Chapters are not near large Army installations, the members make a concerted effort to reach out to members of the Army Reserve. 

  • Partnership with ESGR   As the Nation is in a war on terrorism and the Army Reserve is an Operational Force, AUSA is very concerned that the Employers of Army Reserve Soldiers remain steadfast in their support.  Therefore, AUSA remains dedicated in making sure that there are Resolutions which support the Employer of Army Reserve Soldiers.  Also, many of the State representatives for ESGR are AUSA members.

  • AUSA Family Readiness   

  • MSO/VSO Meetings   The Army Reserve Communication branch meets with various Military Service Organizations (MSO) like AUSA, ROA, MOAA and SARCA and Veteran Servive Organizations (VSO) like VFW, DAV, American Legion on a quarterly basis.  At these meetings, AUSA learns about those specific issues that need Congressional attention.  Many times these meetings produce AUSA Resolutions specifically for the Army Reserve.

  • Symposia  According to an Army Manual, the American profession of arms has three dimensions: physical, intellectual, and moral.  AUSA actively supports all three dimensions.  However, the various Symposia AUSA hosts during the year emphasize the intellectual dimension.  As an example, the AUSA October Annual Meeting and Exposition is a professional development meeting that has many Forums to discuss those issues of interest to every person in the Army; both Military and Civilian.  Other advantages of AUSA Symposia are they offer a great way to network and meet old Army friends.

 AUSA is your Association.  Besides bringing before Congress issues that affect Officers, NCOs, Enlisted and Family members for both Active and Reserve Components, AUSA focuses on just Army issues.  If you are not an AUSA member, I highly encourage and invite you to join.  

Army Reserve 2020 Vision and Strategy

Go to www.usar.army.mil/arweb/mission/AR_2020_Vision_and_Strategy to find out what the future holds for the Army Reserve.

As LTG(R) Stultz, former Chief of the Army Reserve, stated, "While today's Citizen-Soldiers of the Army Reserve are performing magnificently in every environment and geographic region, we must also devote attention to tomorrow's threats and opportunities.  The coming decade requires our continued engagement around the globe, as an operation force in support of our National Security Strategy.  The Army Reserve is an integral component of our expeditionary force.  The strategic decisions and direction chosen at this juncture set the frame work for the next decade, and the future of the Army Reserve."

FOR THE RECORD

The Army Reserve is a positive investment for America.  Today's Army Reserve is made up of 205,000+ Warrior-Citizens who live and work in the thousands of communites across the country.  It is a commumity-based federal force, unlike the National Guard which is under the control of the Governors.

 ARMY RESERVE VISION  The Army Reserve is recognized and resourced as America's premier reservoir of shared military-civilian skills and capabilities that supports and defends the Nation.

ARMY RESERVE MISSION  The Army Reserve provides trainied, equipped, and ready Soldiers and cohesive units to meet global requirements across the full spectrum of operations.

ROLE WITHIN THE ARMY

Combat Support                   Combat Service Support                    Civil Affairs/Psych Ops

Chemical        39%                Medical                         59%                   Civil Affairs                       87%

Engineers       28%                Quartermaster            56%                   Psychological Opns      65%

Military Police  23%               Transportation            36%

Intelligence     24%                Logistics                      20%