The reserves have been a key component of Defense planning for several generations, but their organization has changed little in 80 years. If reservists are to contribute anything to a future war, they must be given fresh doctrine—and the resources—to make them more than just "weekend warriors."
As America's military forces prepare for the challenges of the 21st Century, half of their personnel are organized to fight World War I. The majority of reserve forces of the United States, constituting approximately 54% of the available trained military personnel (an even greater percentage if you count retirees and inactive reservists), are organized and administered much as they were when General Pershing was assembling the American Expeditionary Force in 1917. Dedicated reservists, anxious to support the active forces, are hampered by antiquated bureaucracy.