US ARMY RESERVE HISTORY
Discover the origins of the modern Citizen-Soldier
The Army Reserve was founded on April 23, 1908, when Congress passed a bill authorizing the Army to establish a reserve corps of medical officers. At the time, it was composed of 160 medical professionals. Today, the Reserve has over 205,000 Soldiers of many different specialties.
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The Medical Reserve Corps 1908-1918
In 1902, Secretary of War Elihu Root proposed the creation of a volunteer reserve to augment the Regular Army and National Guard in wartime. This idea “to increase the efficiency of the Medical Department of the United States Army” was thought necessary to overcome serious shortages of physicians experienced during the Spanish American War of 1898.
Army Reserve Records the War
Truman realized the importance of recording the Korean War’s history and initiated a federal historical program to record how the federal government was responding to communist aggression. Eight military history detachments reached Korea between March and June 1951. The Army activated Army Reserve officers to command the detachments, one being twenty-three-year-old Bevin Alexander.
USARC Wins Best in Army Safety
“It’s the first time the Army Reserve has been the recipient of the award,” said Robert F. Jangro, Ph.D., USAR command safety director. “In fact, it’s the first time it’s been awarded to either of the Reserve components. So it’s quite an accomplishment.” Read More >
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
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Fallen Warriors of the Army Reserve
We remember those who have fallen in the service of our nation.
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USARC Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
Approved 24 June 1991
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HISTORY & EDUCATION
COMBAT HISTORIAN TRAINING / EDUCATION
Military historians have existed since the time of ancient Greece. American efforts to gather and preserve battle details originated during World War II, and have flourished since 1945. This proud tradition of documenting Army operations is carried on by today's Combat Historians.
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STAFF RIDE PROGRAM
Staff rides apply lessons from the past to present-day Army leadership for current application. Utilizing historic events, on the actual terrain where a battle occurred, the participant gets examples of tactics, strategy, communication, logistics, and the psychology of men and women in battle that can be applied in today’s military operations.
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