first_imgThe Army this summer will launch a pilot initiative formally linking active-duty units with those in the Army Reserve and Army National Guard that allows them to train together before deployment.“Much of America’s Army capacity is resident in the reserve components and we must rely more heavily on them to meet the demands of a complex global environment,” Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said in a news release. “The associated units pilot allows us to leverage the capabilities and capacities of the active component, Army Reserve and the Army National Guard as one Army.”The first units to be paired are Task Force 1-28 Infantry, an infantry battalion stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Georgia Army National Guard. The brigade also will be associated with the active component’s 3rd Infantry Division stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga.“This brigade will train and, if called to do so, deploy and fight with the 3rd Infantry Division as an associated unit,” said Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, director of the Army National Guard. “These units will develop relationships and standards in home station so they may fight together in combat without having to meet on the battlefield and figure these things out.”The associated units pilot will begin in June, with current plans calling for the Army to test the concept for three years before transitioning to full implementation in 2019, said spokesman Troy Rolan.There will be 12 pairs of associated units in the Army’s initial group, including infantry, engineer and sustainment units, reported Army Times.The pilot will require participating Guard and Reserve units to conduct up to 15 additional days of training each year, Rolan said.“The goal is not to achieve the same readiness as an [active component] unit, but rather to sustain higher readiness to reduce post-mobilization training requirements when activated,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img