The Military Saves for the Rainy Days

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The Military Saves for the Rainy Days

It is but natural that along the journey you may encounter all sorts of detours that may prolong or even hinder the journey itself. That is why it is always best to be ready and alert all the time. You must recognize the fact that along each turn you may need additional resources. As they say it is a must to save for the rainy days. This holds true for the military. The fact that each scenario can bring about twisting changes and conflicts makes it more than a standard operation for this organization to be able to have a unit on which reinforcement can be gathered. The military with its rich and abundant resources still has what is known as its reserve. Let’s find out what a military reserve is.

Basically, a military reserve is composed of a number of personnel and units which are not really tapped to be part of a present situation. They are also known as a tactical or strategic reserve. This means that when unforeseen conflicts and instances begin to make its way into the battlefield they are the ones being called for to act. Opportunities in which they are very useful are grabbed by the commanding officer.

They may act to relieve troops that have been initially fighting to provide fresh reinforcements and at other times there is weak point seen on the enemy and they are ones competent enough to get the job done. The idea of having reserves can be attributed to the time when the Romans conceptualized a battle tactic in which the less experienced and efficient soldiers stood in front of the charging or defending troops. The initial row of Roman soldiers was backed up by a unit composed of more seasoned veterans.

During that time, it was a very glorifying achievement to be placed on the third ranks. This denoted a promotion into a higher status as a soldier. It was a widely used mechanism of battle to let the weak members of the Roman herd stray into battle and let the more competent ones deliver the death blow whenever the opportunity presents itself. Yes I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty unfair for those on the front ranks. Well that’s how war works.

Reserves are placed at various levels of command. They may even be slated in different headquarters in order to systematically distinguish their levels of engagement. Reserves can go as small as a simple company and can even extend as big as that of a whole brigade. The deployment of the reserves takes time to master and is very significant in predicting the outcome of the action itself.

Commanders must make it a point that the timing of tapping the reserves into action is right on the dot. In order to minimize unwanted outcomes and casualties the common action is that only part of the reserves is mobilized. The whole reserve is only deployed during times of an all-out crisis situation. An example of which is when there is exact uncertainty that the forces are not enough to bring the enemy down.

Tactical deployment also involves sending reserves to certain areas tagged as hotspots anywhere around the globe in order to provide reinforcement for the initial units placed. There is a common misconception that the members of the reserves are the weak link in the military unit. Well, in fact the reserves are the ones having the finest skills and hi-tech weaponry.

Whether you’re in the military or not always remember it pays to save for the rainy days.



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