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    It is my understanding a significant amount of the Iraq/Afghanistan nitty/gritty armed patrol, firefight workload is handled by National Guard and or Army Reserve personnel. Is this correct, and if so, what percentage of such workload is done by the National Guard and or Army Reserve? Secondly, and this inquiry/question is not meant to demean/question the National Guard's or Army Reserve's personnel's warrior qualifications, but given our National Guard and Army Reserve personnel are not full time warriors, do you have an opinion whether the warrior's job could be better accomplished by full-time Army personnel?  Thank you in advance for your response.  

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    by brjzn on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 02:57:41 PM PST

    •  Active vs. Reserve or NG (0+ / 0-)

      Although I have seen a number of reservists and even more national guard, I cannot say with first hand knowledge what the ratio is.

      As a former reservist in the Marine Corps I do think (generally) active duty personnel are more mission ready than their part time counterparts. But that's not to say reserve components are inadequate. There are a great deal of reservists and national guard who are prior active duty, and all units go through rigorous training prior to deployments.

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