במאמר שהתפרסם ביולי האחרון באתר צבא ארה״ב, עולה
שבמשך תקופה של חמש שנים לא ניתן היה לאייש 110 מפקדי גדודים במערך המילואים של צבא אה״ב בגלל מחסור במתנדבים.
המחסור במפקדים מתנדבים נעשה כה חריף עד שהצבא משבץ קצינים להיות מג״דים לפעמים ללא ידיעתם.
זאת לא הדרך לבחור מנהיגים.
קישור לכתבה על המאמר:
Why nobody wants to be a battalion commander in the Army Reserve
110 command positions could not be filled because the Army Reserve lacked willing commanders.
On July 11, the U.S. Army Reserve’s official website published an article about an active-duty lieutenant colonel taking command of a Reserve Military Police Battalion. The article’s upbeat tone disguises the real reason the Army Reserve has been unable to fill
these billets with Army Reserve officers.
the Army Reserve is still coming up short on commanders. Command of a battalion should be the culminating event in most officers’ careers, something to be fought for, an achievement. Instead, some Army Reserve officers are saying “no thanks.” While active duty becomes more selective for battalion command, the Army Reserve has become more desperate, with some commands taking anyone willing, or anyone simply not paying attention. This approach has likely had the expected effect on the quality of commanders the Reserve gets as well.
Many lieutenant colonels are hesitant to take command of a battalion because of the enormous time commitment required in exchange for relatively little pay. This is adding to the difficulties of not only filling command positions with decent candidates, but filling them at all. Most Army Reserve soldiers have seen commanders who are clearly in their position not because they were highly qualified or competitive, but solely because they put their names on the list, and that is not a good place to be as an organization. But rather than find a way to make command more palatable to reserve officers, U.S. Army Reserve Command would rather offer battalion command positions to active-duty officers.