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The Army Reserve’s TTHS Account Initiative— The Personnel Management Tool of Choice for Improving Readiness

September 6, 2003

The Army Reserve continues to demonstrate its value to the Total Force and to the nation on the field of battle and in the aftermath of hostilities. Around the globe, the citizen-soldiers of the Army Reserve have provided the combat and combat support know-how that has proven indispensable not only to the successful prosecution of armed conflict but also to our nation’s ability to restore normalcy and health to the social fabric of the lives of our former foes. During this campaign, however, it has become increasingly clear that there is no longer room for a deliberate, progressive buildup such as the United States experienced during the first Gulf War, when the preparation process was literally months long. 

In the immediate aftermath of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States and in the days and weeks that followed, Army Reserve men and women rewrote the book on mobilization as they conducted hasty mobilizations or mobilized after deploying. They responded more quickly than had ever been planned or expected to be necessary. Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, what had been called “hasty” mobilizations have now become the norm.

The Army Reserve is implementing an initiative to bring that readiness to even higher levels. This entails the creation of a Trainees, Transients, Holdees and Students (TTHS) account for the Army Reserve.