The US Army consists of three main components which are the Active Army, the Army Reserves and the Army National Guard. The Army Reserves plays a critical role in the overall effectiveness of the US Army's active full time forces, and works closely together with the Active Army and the National Guard thereby providing extra flexibility to our military forces both at home and overseas.
Individuals enlisting into the US Army Reserves are provided with the same excellent training as full time active Army recruits. Reservists serve approximately one weekend per month, and two weeks per year, and are usually able to remain at school to complete their higher education, or continue to pursue their chosen civilian career path. This ability to continue working in your chosen career or continue attending school, along with the supplemental income that Reservists earn, means the perfect combination of military service and civilian life for many.
United States Army Reservists serve in the same capacities that regular Army recruits serve. Reservists fill a crucial role by providing human necessities such as food & water, shelter, medical treatment and more, to the civilian population during times of natural disaster or other types of emergencies, as well as provide security and defense for the United States.