Among its fifteen recommendations, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Committee chartered by Congress to suggest ways to modernize the uniformed services’ compensation and retirement system, arrived at one recommendation establishing a four-star “joint readiness command.”
In its views to the Congress on the MCRMC’s recommendations, ROA agrees with establishment of a joint readiness command as proposed by the commission; the JRC would be directed by a uniformed four-star commander, with a commensurate divestiture by DHA of all but the support mission, as determined in coordination with the new JRC.
Further, ROA recognizes the opportunity created by the establishment of the JRC to ensure RC integration commensurate with its contributions to military medicine. ROA thus urged Congress – given the reliance of the armed forces on the Reserve Component for medical capabilities, the recognition within the military of the RC’s performance, and the importance of component integration – to ensure that the JRC proportionately allocate billets and training to members of the RC in appropriate specialties.
ROA further urged that RC officers and senior noncommissioned officers are assigned to key leadership positions, including the command’s three-star deputy commander role.