They have supported America in countless ways, both at home and abroad. They have fought with courage and served with distinction. And on April 23, the dedicated members of America’s Army Reserve will celebrate the 110th birthday of this essential military division.
The Army Reserve traces its roots to the French and Indian War (1756–1763), and continued when a shortage of officers and physicians spurred Congress to establish a formal structure for Federal volunteers in peacetime. From its founding in 1908 as a small corps of medical professionals, the Army Reserve has evolved into a global operational force.
Today, nearly 200,000 Army Reserve Soldiers and 11,000 civilians serve in almost 2,100 units that operate in every state, five U.S. territories and 30 countries. These impressive numbers include 59 percent of the Army’s total medical capabilities.
GEICO is honored to have a strong relationship with America’s Military and to celebrate with the Army Reserve on this milestone birthday. In recognition of this important moment, we take a look back at the Reserve’s 110 years of illustrious service.
1908: A Reserve Corps Is Born
Congress approves the creation of the Medical Reserve Corps, the predecessor of the Army Reserve.
1916: More Reserve Corps Established
Congress creates the Officers’ Reserve Corps, Enlisted Reserve Corps and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
1917: America Enters World War I
More than 80,000 American Reserve Soldiers contribute to the war effort. One-third of the officers are medical doctors.
1933–1939: Overseeing The Civilian Conservation Corps
One of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, the Civilian Conservation Corps, puts young men to work on projects in national forests and elsewhere. More than 30,000 Army Reserve officers serve as commanders or staff officers at the 2,700 camps of the CCC.
1941: World War II Starts
The Army mobilizes 26 Army Reserve infantry divisions during WWII. More than 200,000 Army Reserve Soldiers serve.
1950–1959: The Korean War and Beyond
More than 240,000 Army Reserve Soldiers were called to active duty during the Korean War. Throughout the Cold War period, the Army Reserve was mobilized only twice: more than 68,500 Army Reserve Soldiers for the Berlin Crisis (1961–1962) and nearly 6,000 in 1968 and 1969 for the Vietnam War.
2001–Present: The War on Terror
Since the 9/11 attacks, more than 200,000 Army Reserve Soldiers have been activated in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).
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By Maridel Reyes