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U.S. Army Reserve celebrates 105th birthday

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Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Reserve Command sing Happy Birthday to mark the Army Reserve's 105th anniversary at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy Hale/Released)

Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Reserve Command sing Happy Birthday to mark the Army Reserve's 105th anniversary at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy Hale/Released)

Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Reserve Command sing Happy Birthday to mark the Army Reserve's 105th anniversary at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy Hale/Released)

Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Reserve Command sing Happy Birthday to mark the Army Reserve’s 105th anniversary at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy Hale/Released)

Fort Belvoir, Va. – On Tuesday, April 23, the U.S. Army Reserve celebrates its 105th anniversary.

Created in 1908 as the Medical Reserve Corps, today’s Army Reserve is a key complimentary operational force that
supports the entire United States military in training and in combat, in 148 military occupational specially fields.

The federal government created the Organized Reserve Corps in the National Defense Act of 1920, due to the success of the Medical Reserve Corps, and a growing need for a high-quality, skilled reserve force, Army officials say.

Today’s Army Reserve consists of more than 200,000 “Citizen-Soldiers,” with approximately 11,900 deployed around the world, providing life-saving and life-sustaining forces for Joint Force operations.

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