America’s Army Reserve and its People, Shaping Tomorrow!

114 Years of Service to the Army and the Nation

n 23 April, America’s Army Reserve celebrated the generations of Soldiers who, like many patriots before them, embraced their roles as “Citizen Soldiers,” continuing their proud and distinguished legacy of service in the Army Reserve.

114 years ago, Congress created the Medical Reserve Corps, a group of 160 doctors formed to provide the Nation with a reservoir of trained medical professionals for employment in times of national emergency.

A month after Congress established the Medical Reserve Corps in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt, signed the bill into law. Later, under the National Defense Act of 1920, Congress created the Organized Reserves for officers and enlisted Soldiers.

Since its inception as the Medical Reserve Corps, the United States Army Reserve has mobilized more than one million Soldiers in defense of the Nation. Through the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, the Global War on Terror, and countless other crises, operations, emergencies, and natural disasters, Army Reserve Warrior Citizens have never failed to answer the Nation’s call. Throughout history, they have added substantial value and depth to the force through civilian sector skills, education and expertise.

Today, that reserve force is known as the U.S. Army Reserve, a skill-rich force of more than 189,000 Soldiers – men and women with great talents and abilities. The leadership, bravery and expertise of these patriots makes a decisive impact on the future of our country and the cause of freedom and democracy.

As we begin our next 114 years of service, we do so as one of the most battle- tested and experienced forces in our nation’s history . Ready Now. Shaping Tomorrow!

Happy 114th Birthday, Army Reserve!


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