Lt. Gen. Talley: Operational flexibility and strategic depth essential

June 09, 2012

"The leader considers the use and location of rally points. A rally point is a place designated by the leader where the unit moves to reassemble and reorganize...Soldiers must know which rally point to move to at each phase of the mission should they become separated from the unit. They must also know what actions are required there…” -- U.S. Army Ranger Handbook

Over the past ten years of war, the Army Reserve has been engaged globally in support of our Army and in service to the Nation, demonstrating we are America’s enduring reserve force of decisive action. In order to ensure we can maintain our unique capabilities and capacity, it is appropriate to “rally” as we move forward as an Operational Army Reserve to Objective (OBJ) Army 2020 and Joint Force 2020.

As the 32nd Chief of Army Reserve, I serve at the strategic level as the principal staff adviser to the Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff on all Army Reserve Affairs. Rally Point 32 (RLY 32) provides my strategic guidance and direction on Army Reserve Affairs. As Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, I serve at the operational level, commanding all Army Reserve troop program units worldwide, with total end strength of 205,000 Soldiers and over 12,000 Civilians. RLY 32 also provides my operational guidance and direction to my Command Teams and staff.
The future will require an Army Reserve that can enable our Army to Prevent, Shape, and Win across a full range of missions. Maintaining an Army Reserve with operational flexibility and strategic depth will be essential. Reduced resourcing is to be expected and this will require continued effectiveness with gained business efficiencies, something Citizen-Soldiers are well-equipped to do using their civilian-acquired skills and experiences. The key to success will be maintaining the right force mix in our Total Army and keeping balance in our personal and professional lives as we serve together.
Thank you for all you do for America’s Army and the Nation. We have the best Army Reserve in history because of you. Twice the Citizen, Army Strong!
Lieutenant General Jeffrey W. Talley
32nd Chief of Army Reserve, U.S. Army
Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command
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