The United States Army Reserve is rooted in the tradition of the American Colonist who would serve, protect and defend this country whenever and wherever needed. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton proposed a contingency force to support the Army that would centrally controlled by the federal government.
In 1908, Congress established the Medical Reserve Corps to provide a reservoir of trained officers in time of war, then expanded the Reserve Forces in 1916 and 1920. Army Reserve Soldiers have trained and served with excellence through World War I, World War II, Korea War, Vietnam War, the Cold War, Operation Just Cause, Panama, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Eastern Exit, Somalia, Operation Restore Democracy, Haiti, Bosnia Conflict, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Since 11 September 2001, the Army Reserve has mobilized 226,000 Soldiers in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, more than 26,000 Warrior Citizens are deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and 18 other countries in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.