"Full-time support personnel account for 20% of the reserve force, but more than 60% of the personnel budget."1 The Naval Reserve must shed its outdated infrastructure and become more efficient.
Our national network of more than 200 Naval Reserve Readiness Centers gives the illusion of a strong Naval Reserve organization. But these archaic brick buildings no longer have a mission that justifies their enormous cost. There is little linkage between these buildings and today's reserve component. The reserve center no longer is the focal point for reserve personnel. The gaining command has assumed that role. The "gaining command" is the ship, staff, or other organization that a reservist reports to for active duty. This is a logical outgrowth of the new emphasis on providing day-to-day contributory support to the Navy, instead of remaining in perpetual training in brick buildings in landlocked towns, waiting to mobilize for war.