Well this isn't new we have been fighting together side by side in active conflict since the start of OEF. Prior to that we had Reserve units (Bn) fully integrated within AC BDEs. Does anyone realize SF is AC and NG and 75% of PSYOP and CA units are Reserve. We must get out of the mind set of only being a weekend warrior and only having the stigma of the untrained turd of the army.
I think this is good if done right. It will at a minimum help to get rid of the "good ol boy" network at work in the ARNG. Soldiers in the reserve components want to train. They want to step up. The reason so many just fall off the face of the earth is that they are sick of doing nothing but mandatory training and powerpoints every drill. They won't be as good as those that do it every day, but the ARNG/AR units will be better than they are now. The main issue I can see is the burocracy of working through the reserve side of the house. You don't just have one big pot of money like active duty, you have many pots of money that are shared by everyone. It makes it hard to conduct effective training. They should combine the units IMO. For example, make the 143rd ABN BN part of the 173rd. Then give the 173rd money specifically set aside for their reserve assets. Streamlining the system is key.
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