SELECTED RESERVE OFFICER ACCESSIONS AND OFFICER CORPS
Characteristics of Selected Reserve Officer Accessions and Officer CorpsAge. The differing missions and force structures of the Reserve Components affect the age composition of the officer corps as shown in Figure 6.2. The USAFR, USAR and USNR, have the largest proportions of officers aged 40 and older (61, 57, and 55 percent, respectively). The ARNG, USMCR and ANG have smaller proportions of officers 40 or older (37, 51, and 52 percent, respectively). The ARNG, ANG and USAR have the greatest proportions of officers aged 29 and younger (16, 7 and 6, percent, respectively), while the USAFR, USNR and USMCR have the smallest proportion of officers aged 29 and younger (4, 3, and 3 percent, respectively).
Recruiting policies affect the age structure of the Selected Reserve officer corps. As in the Active Components, one might expect the USMCR to have a greater proportion of younger officers than the other Reserve Components. However, this is not the case. The USMCR’s policy to recruit only officers with prior military service increases the age of its officers.