Our History

On May 18, 2006, the Commanding General, US Army Reserve Command (USARC), signed orders to establish the United States Army Reserve Legal Readiness Command (Provisional) for the purpose of developing a concept plan.

In July 2006, the detailed planning for the United States Army Reserve Legal Command began in earnest by a small group of Army Reserve Soldiers meeting at the 10th Legal Support Organization (LSO) Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, Maryland- all of whom were volunteers from various LSOs, other Troop Program Units, or were members of the Individual Ready Reserve, and two active duty personnel.

In 2007, the formal Army Force Development Update (FDU) process started in coordination with the Combat Force Development Directorate.  By June, the Judge Advocate General’s Corps included the USAR Legal Command in its strategic plan and in August, TJAG approved the unit strength of the United States Army Reserve Legal Command and the LSOs as well as the composition of the LSOs for the FDU.

The Command’s Headquarters moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland in June 2008.  On August 7, 2008, USARC formally extended the provisional command and dropped the term “Readiness” from the Command’s name. 

In September, the Deputy Commanding General of USARC approved development of a course of action which would authorize a Legal Command to exercise command and control over the 23 LSOs.  

Coordination with Force Programs, USARC and the USAR Legal Command (Provisional) ensued to develop the TDA working documents to staff to the Army G3. 

This effort incorporated a staff functional review and force analysis that the USAR Legal Command (Provisional) staff had developed in early 2007.

On October 4, 2008, in order to bridge the gap in the Legal Command concept approval process, all 23 LSOs came under the command and control of the 90th Regional Readiness Command.

On June 4, 2009, USARC Permanent Order F-155-023 was published and officially organized the United States Army Reserve Legal Command, putting the Command into carrier status.

On September 16, 2009, the Legal Command was formally organized and on October 1, 2009, was assigned to the United States Army Reserve Joint and Special Troops Support Command, located in Salt Lake City, Utah and Transfer of Authority of the down trace units was effective.

The USAR Legal Command converted the 23 LSOs to 28 Legal Operations Detachments in September 2012 and on February 1, 2013 became a direct reporting command to the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC).  It currently has mission command over 1,700 personnel stationed in 104 cities in 43 states in the continental United States and in two OCONUS locations.


The USAR Legal Command remains ready and capable in its world-wide mission
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