Historically, similar propositions have been met with the same degree of skepticism. Over the years the argument for a combined Guard and Reserve has taken on different forms, and each time the options of unification have been deemed either too short sighted or too logistically complex to be effective. ROA maintains that Guard and Reserve merger talk simply ignores the fundamental distinction of the respective services' missions.
While cooperation between National Guard and Federal Reserve forces is critical to the resiliency and reliability of the Reserve Component, any proposal to merge the two ignores their distinct operational capabilities. Federal reserve forces represent a unique tool in the arsenal of our nation's defense. Many assets maintained by reserve forces do not have a Guard equivalent. ROA remains committed to preserving this distinction as a means to ensuring our national security and will continue to advocate against efforts to downgrade RC operability as a method of deficit reduction.
Yet merger talk has persisted, periodically resurfacing in the form of updated proposals, seemingly supported by new data. So is there merit to the talk of merger? Amidst the current environment of austerity is merger something to be taken seriously? Share your opinion with us by posting a comment below.