Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has requested and President Bush has approved an order to call up to 50,000 Reservists to active duty.
Each service has reviewed its missions and thus far identified personnel requirements up to 35,000 Reservists as follows: Army, 10,000; Air Force, 13,000; Navy, 3,000; Marines, 7,500; and Coast Guard, 2,000.
These Reservists are being called upon to provide port operations, medical support, engineer support, general civil support and homeland defense.
The Ready Reserve most recently underwent a partial mobilization on Jan. 18, 1991, for Operation Desert Storm, when 265,322 Guard and Reserve members were activated.
This partial mobilization demonstrates the vital role of Reserve forces in our national military strategy. The 1.3 million men and women who serve in the seven Reserve forces make up nearly one half of the U.S. armed forces, and are an integral part of our nation's military.