Army Reserve Chief Hopes to Instate Simulation Training

Army Reserve Chief Hopes to Instate Simulation Training

Talk has begun of increasing simulation training for the Army Reserves to keep the force “ready and relevant” despite withdrawals from conflict in the middle east. Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, 32nd Chief of the Army Reserve, said on November 14th that he wants increased use of simulators for training the “Big Army’s” enabling complementary force of doctors, engineers, logistics and other specialists who serve 39 days training for reserve readiness and the rest of the year keeping their skills maintained at civilian jobs.

Much as pilot training relies on simulators, Talley says, the same technology can be used for Army Reserve members,. He hopes to use simulator training for a number of tasks, including:

  • Heavy vehicle operation
  • Responding to enemy attack.
  • Marksmanship, especially since not all home stations have easy access to firing ranges. 

The Army Reserve plays an important role in what defense planners call reversibility, which is the ability to quickly rebuild forces to respond to urgent events. Post-Iraq, the Army Reserve will be increasingly involved in more missions in Africa, Talley says, especially in “prevention” and “shaping” missions, which help deter conflict, build continuity with partner nations, and contribute to strategic access and regional stability.

According to Talley, there are 25,000 Army reservists deployed at any given time, including 3,500 in the Pacific Command. Since the total force is 205,000, that deployment level is easy to sustain. The Army Reserve’s annual budget of $8 billion is 6% of the Army’s budget, but accounts for 20% of the total Army force. That efficiency is a big advantage for the Army and for the nation’s security.