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The Marine Corps is looking to its Reserve for new support | Marine Corps Times

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The Marine Corps is altering its approach to reserve personnel.

Marine reservists are faced with new occupations, missions, deployments, and crucial positions shaping the Corps’ future. Contrasts starkly with how the Devil Dogs were usually used by leadership. Historically, reservists have served as a reflection of the active site or as a body supply. Now, commanders are attempting to retain the talent they cannot maintain in the active ranks, to cover a key but underappreciated combatant command, and discover unique potential. Marine reservists illustrate the Corps’ effort to abandon its “recruit and replace” workforce paradigm.

Each year, up to 7,000 of the approximately 60,000 Marines in IRR status attend the in-person musters. Another 30,000 to 40,000 are completed via the National Guard’s direct affiliation program. The Reserves assume the role of deploying soldiers to U.S. Southern Command from active service. Each year of IRR membership awards 15 membership points toward retirement.

Col. Gerald Ormerod, a former Marine lieutenant colonel, said, “Previous plans included force structure assessments and, essentially, the transfer of capabilities across the portfolio.” The application of force design to the structure of the reserves is “virtually a rewriting approach to the designated danger, the People’s Republic of China,” he added.

Source: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-military/2022/07/06/the-marine-corps-is-looking-to-its-reserve-for-new-support/

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