Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program: Building Communities of Readiness
The U.S. military has been at war for more than a decade. Even as operations in Afghanistan begin to draw down, efforts to reintegrate returning reserve component (RC) servicemembers with their families, employers and communities continue at a high tempo. In many ways, reunion and reintegration activities are only beginning; it will be years after the end of the current conflict before the medium- and long-term effects of this decade’s accelerated deployments are fully realized. More than 855,000 National Guard and Reserve servicemember activations have occurred since 9/11, and their role as an operationalized reserve and integral part of the joint force has resulted in the need for steady and sustainable deployment-cycle support. The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) exists to provide such a foundation for RC servicemembers and their families throughout all phases of military life.