Accession Number : ADA291496

Title :   Twice the Citizen: A History of the United States Army Reserve, 1908-1983,

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ARMY RESERVE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Crossland, Richard B. ; Currie, James T.

PDF Url : ADA291496

Report Date : 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 333

Abstract : The United States Army Reserve (USAR) had its official birth on April 23, 1908, in an act "To Increase the Efficiency of the Medical Department of the United States Army." From this modest beginning and limited mission, the Army Reserve has grown into a force of almost a million men and women who are very much a part of today's Total Army. The roots of the Army Reserve go back much further than 1908, however, for the concept of the citizen-soldier was an old one even at the time of the American Revolution. The idea of writing a history of the Army Reserve originated in November 1982 during the early stages of planning for the USAR's Seventy-fifth Anniversary celebration in 1983. It became evident to Major (now Lieutenant Colonel) Richard B. Crossland and to Lewis C. Brodsky, Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, that there was no readily available source of historical data about the Army Reserve. There were bits and pieces of USAR history scattered about, and there were legends enough to fill a file cabinet, but there was no comprehensive, book-length history of the Army Reserve. Major Crossland was thereupon assigned the task of writing such a book. Given the time frame in mind for the project (less than one year), it was soon obvious that this was not a one-person job. Permission was therefore secured to bring in an Army Reserve officer on a special tour of six months or so to work on the book.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY RESERVES, *HISTORY, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), SOURCES, JOBS, ARMY PERSONNEL, TIME, MEDICINE, MISSIONS, TRAVEL, OFFICER PERSONNEL, ARMY, WRITING, WOMEN.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE