Our Mission

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness responsible for overall supervision of Total Force manpower, personnel, and reserve affairs.


Manpower & Reserve Affairs will:

  • Proactively deliver credible advice and information about the capabilities of the Reserve Components.
  • Develop the policies and resources necessary to fully exploit those capabilities.

Reserve Affairs sets the conditions for a sustainable, seamlessly integrated and complementary total force. Since September of 2001, more than 800,000 Reserve Component personnel have been activated and 49% of the current members of the Selected Reserve possess recent deployment experience. The RC force is an integral partner with the Active component in defending the interests of the United States.

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