All Active Duty Officers to Receive Regular Army Commissions
New officers to receive Regular Army commissions (Army News Service)
All new officers going on active duty will be commissioned Ã¢€œRegular ArmyÃ¢€ beginning May 1. Beginning late this summer, the Army will start changing the U.S. Army Reserve commissions of officers currently in the active component to RA commissions, a G1 official said. He said the process of converting USAR commissions to RA should be completed by May 2006.
During the past decade, officers did not receive RA commissions until they reached the rank of major. Since 1996, even cadets graduating from the academy at West Point, N.Y., received USAR commissions. The Defense Science Board last year recommended a change in policy and the Army is now adopting a Ã¢€œOne Active Army, One CommissionÃ¢€ theme, said Col. Mark Patterson, Officer Division chief in the Directorate of Military Personnel Management, G1.
Only officers going to reserve-component units will continue to receive USAR commissions, Patterson said.
Years ago, officers with RA commissions may have had some advantage over USAR officers during a reduction in force, Patterson said. Since the 1990s, though, such personnel decisions are strictly performance-based, he said.
via Jeff Quinton
This is an excellent move. The old system is a remnant of a pre-World War II system whereby only a tiny cadre of officers served permanently and all others served only when the Army expanded for wartime footing. It was especially confusing, because no such distinction existed for enlisted soldiers, so my troops were “Regular Army” while I was “Army Reserve.”