It is a good article that makes a good argument that Active Duty Retention would impact National Guard and Reserve numbers; but it is not the whole picture. In my option, the issues affecting the National Guard and the Reserves is also retention in a stable economy. I read an article that Reserve and National Guard service members have requested to voluntary transfers into the IRR in record numbers so they can focus on career advancement in a booming economy. I would like to see the study on how periods of heathy job markets and economic growth impact retention and recruiting in the armed forces.
Thank you my friend CW5 Jack Cardwell for sharing the unsurprising news. Of course active duty retention affects recruiting of "seasoned" service members. However, those who enlist specifically to be a reserve component member would not be significantly impacted [based on my years assigned to a TRADOC installation where I had supervision of accessions requirements systems among other things..
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