The United States Army Reserve Quiz


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In the last century, the Army has reduced the number of full-time soldiers in favor of part-time reservists who balance military and civilian life. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the Army Reserve.

The formal organization of the Army Reserve was a response to this war.

After organizational difficulties with supplies and medical help during the Spanish-American War, Congress authorized the predecessor to the modern Army Reserve.


Which was NOT one of the early names used for the Army Reserve?

When it was first formed in 1908, the Reserve was known as the Medical Reserve Corps. The name was soon changed to the Organized Reserve Corps to reflect the fact that the organization supplied more than medical help to soldiers.


When did the Reserve get its current name of United States Army Reserve?

The Army Reserve got its name in the early '50s during the Korean War.


True or false: The Army Reserve was NOT very active in its early years.

A whopping 170,000 Reserve members fought in World War I between 1917 and 1919, including 90,000 officers.


True or false: Virtually all Reserve members on active duty in World War I were medical doctors.

Around one-third of Reserve officers in World War I were medical doctors, and 15,000 out of 80,000 Reserve soldiers were assigned to medical units.


How many Reserve members fought in World War II?

Around 200,000 Army Reserve members fought alongside the U.S. Army and other military branches in World War II.


When did Congress authorize retirement and drill pay for Reserve members?

After Reserve soldiers' faithful service in World War II, Congress authorized retirement and drill pay for them in 1948.


How many Army Reserve members fought in Korea?

More than 240,000 Reserve soldiers in 70 different Reserve units fought in Korea between 1950 and 1953.


What three branches was the Reserve divided into during the Korean War?

As the Korean War raged, Congress formally gave the Reserve its modern name and divided it into three branches — Ready, Standby and Retired.


True or false: The training schedule for the Reserve has changed little since the 1950s.

During the 1950s, Congress authorized 24 paid inactive training days and 17 paid days of active training per year, which is very similar to the paid training schedule offered today.


How many times was the Reserve mobilized during the 1960s?

The Reserve was mobilized just twice during the '60s — once for the Berlin Crisis and again to fight in Vietnam.


How many Army Reserve soldiers fought during Desert Shield/Desert Storm?

Around 80,000 Reserve soldiers mobilized to Kuwait in the early '90s. They were some of the first U.S. troops on the scene and some of the last to leave when the conflict ended.


What percent of total Army conflict support does the Reserve represent?

The Army Reserve represents 25 percent of total Army conflict support.


How many Reserve members have fought the war on terror since 9/11?

More than 200,000 Reserve members have fought around the world in the global war on terror since 9/11.


True or false: Reserve members are part-time military and can work a civilian job as well.

Reserve members work one weekend a month and two weeks a year, leaving plenty of free time for a normal civilian job.


How long is the commitment period for Army Reserve members?

Soldiers commit to the Reserve for a three- to six-year period, depending on which job they choose when they enlist.


True or false: Army Reserve members get paid.

As of 2016, even the newest private will earn around $3,000 per year in the Reserve. Soldiers also enjoy health, retirement and education benefits.


True or false: The Army Reserve and the National Guard are the same organization.

The Reserve and National Guard are two separate entities with different leadership, though both provide support to the Army.


What percent of total Army manpower comes from Reserve and National Guard forces?

A full 45 percent of total Army manpower comes from the combined forces of the Army Reserve and the National Guard.


True or false: Both the Reserve and the National Guard can be deployed by either state governors or the president.

The Reserve is solely under the power of the federal government, while the National Guard can be deployed by either state or federal leaders.


True or false: Each state has its own branch of the Army Reserve.

While each state has its own National Guard, the Army Reserve is strictly a federal-level agency.


Roughly how many members does the Army Reserve have?

The Reserve has just shy of 200,000 members.


Which is larger, the Army Reserve or the National Guard?

The National Guard has around 350,000 members, while there are 200,000 members of the Army Reserve.


True or false: The Army Reserve has more officers than entry-level private soldiers.

The Army Reserve is rich in officers, with more than 58,000 sergeants and just 8,240 private E1 soldiers.


Which of the following was a member of the Army Reserve?

Before he was Spock, Leonard Nimoy served in the Army Reserve during the 1950s. Drew Carey was a member of the Marine Reserve.


True or false: You must be between 17 and 55 to register for the Army Reserve.

Potential Reserve members must be between the ages of 17 and 35. This age requirement is waived for those with previous military experience.


How many jobs can you choose from if you join the Reserve?

Those who enlist in the Reserve can choose between 120 different military occupational specialties.


How much notification time does the average Reserve soldier get before a deployment?

Most soldiers get 90 days notice before they are deployed, with 60 days of the time devoted to training.


True or false: The civilian jobs of Reserve members are legally protected during a deployment.

While federal law protects your job while deployed, around 23 percent of deployed Reserve members end up losing their civilian jobs after a deployment.


True or false: Reserve members hold more doctorates than members of the Army.

Reserve members hold 75 percent of all doctorates and 50 percent of all master's degrees in the entire Army.


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