US Army Reserve Command. Flag

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By Crusader1307

While The United States Army had always maintained some form of Reserve Forces to augment it’s Standing Army (The Militia and Guard System, by way of example), these components were mostly disbanded after Conflict. Hence, no standing Reserve Corps (other than those of Officer’s) were maintained. This was created in 1908 when The US Congress officially declared The US Army Reserves. Again, staffed mostly by Officers, after World War I – the component was filled by Volunteer Soldiers of all Ranks. These Men (all prior Service), could be called upon to be immediately re-activated to National Service. The criteria stated however, that only by National crisis (War) could they be called upon. This would not be inclusive of a National Draft. For Administrative reasons, The National Guard is included into The Army Reserves (although separate).

The Army Reserve currently numbers over 250,000 Service Personnel. Until the 1990s, The Command never had an official Flag. They used Unit Identification Colors of Light Blue Fields with a Gold Colonial “Minuteman” Figure in the Center of The Colors. This image was taken from the statue placed on The Lexington Battlefield in Massachusetts to honor America’s first use of “Militia” (or Reserve/Guard Forces).

After the 1990s, a standardized Command Flag was created. The Field of The Flag is Blue in entirety and is one of the few Command Flags that is allowed to be fringed in Gold Braid. Centered, is a Twin (Double Headed) Eagle – representing both The Reserve and Guard Components. Behind this image is a circular device with vertical Blue and Red Stripes.