Contributor(s)ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
KeywordsMilitary Forces and Organizations
MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)
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AbstractThe Active Component (AC) and Reserve Component (RC) have been battling its roles, missions, and force structure for many years. Recently, however, the "rift" has escalated. Much of this "rift" has come on the heels of the Reagan Administration military buildup and from the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) panel findings. In a time where fighting for dollars and resources has become increasingly important, it has become evident that survival of each component is being desperately fought for on Capitol Hill as well as in the halls of the Pentagon.
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