“Ready Now, Anytime, Anywhere”
These are the words which encapsulate the United States Navy Reserve. The Naval Reserve Force was founded in 1915 thanks to the efforts of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, and his young assistant Franklin D. Roosevelt. Their efforts were what brought passage of legislation on March 3, 1915, which appropriated funding for such a force. The USNR served in the cockpits of biplanes and as U-boat hunters during the Great War.
Just before Japanese fighter pilots roared over Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, members of the USNR fired the first U.S. shots of World War 2 by sinking a Japanese mini-sub just outside the entrance of the harbor. Over the next four years, the Navy grew its numbers from 383,150 soldiers to 3,405,525, most of which were reservists. Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford all served in the Navy Reserve during World War 2. Renamed the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2005, the Reserve has transformed from a force in waiting for massive mobilization to an integral component in carrying out the mission of the U.S. Navy.
Today, we celebrate 103 years of our Naval Reservists and their continued efforts to ensure our safety and freedom.
“We must remember that the Reserves, which represent twenty percent of our warfighting force, are absolutely vital to our Navy’s ability to fight and win wars now and in the future.”
-Admiral William J. Fallon