The Ready Reserve is a program maintained by the U.S. Department of Defense to maintain a pool of trained service members that may be recalled to active duty should the need arise. It is composed of service members that are contracted to serve in the Ready Reserve for a specified period of time as a reservist or in active duty status. Members of the Ready Reserve are required to be prepared for mobilization or re-activation within a specified period of time, maintain a serviceable uniform, and maintain a degree of fitness.
The Ready Reserve, Standby Reserve, and the Retired Reserve make up the Reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States.
The Ready Reserve is divided into three programs:
The Ready Reserve is prescribed by law in U.S. Code Title 10 "ARMED FORCES", Subtitle E "Reserve Components", Chapter 1209. Specific provisions for creation of the Ready Reserve can be found in sections 12301(a) and 12302. Other sections describe rules for recall to Active Duty (sec. 12301(d), 12303, 12304) and suspension of retirement or separation (sec. 12305).
- Selected Reserve
- Reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States
- United States Army Reserve
- United States Navy Reserve
- Ready Reserve Force