WASHINGTON — The Reserve Officers Association of the United States representing the 1.5 million reservists serving today released the following joint statement by retired Rear Adm. Paul Kayye, ROA President, and retired Maj. Gen. David Bockel, ROA Executive Director:
“We note that the active component, given the seamless integration of the Reserve components into total force operations, often do not realize the extent of their reliance on Citizen Warriors. Most active component service members and organizations take for granted their presence and do not fully appreciate the sacrifice Citizen Warriors give by temporarily leaving their families, communities and jobs to serve. Such an observation is a great testament to the professionalism, readiness and quality of our Reservists and Guardsmen today.
“However, such an observation perhaps does validate Admiral Mullen’s comment that the U.S. military is out of touch with the American public. That relationship, however, is not reciprocal because the American public is in his ranks through the service of its Citizen Warriors.”
The Reserve Officers Association is the 60,000-member professional association for all uniformed services of the United States. Chartered by Congress and in existence since 1922, ROA advises and educates the Congress, the President, and the American people on national security, with unique expertise on issues that affect the 1.5 million men and women now serving in America’s Reserve Components.