The Naval Reserve should view itself as a part-time peacetime Navy, with a secondary mission as a wartime augmentation force. It should divest itself of its obsolete and expensive infrastructure, refocusing scarce resources to provide maximum benefit to both the active and reserve components.
Total Force" and "peacetime contributory support" are phrases that ring with determination to do more with less. The Navy and Naval Reserve as a team have tried to find innovative ways to deal with shrinking resources in a world of burgeoning challenges. Unfortunately, their attempts to accomplish peacetime mission support with wartime mobilization reserve forces are hindered by systemic problems.