The Chief of the Naval Reserve, Commander, Naval Reserve Force spoke recently at the U.S. Naval Institute's editorial offices in Annapolis, Maryland, with Proceedings editors Fred Rainbow and Fred Schultz.
Proceedings: In recent combat operations, what have been the Naval Reserve's contributions?
Vice Admiral Cotton: This year, the Naval Reserve numbers 85,900. That's a little more than 14,000 full-time support people and just more than 71,000 selected reservists, spread across about 39 different programs. This is probably the wrong way to categorize them, because we're more about capabilities in a capabilities-driven Navy.