The ANG has never failed to participate when the RegAF gave it the opportunity to do so, but there are better ways to access the ANG than the current combination of voluntary and involuntary mobilization.
However, the RegAF should not fill gaps in its actual readiness with capability provided through voluntary mobilization.
Toward that end, this article first recounts the seamless and indispensable integration of the ANG into the RegAF in service to the nation.
The ANG has always delivered critical capability to the United States by filling the gap when mission requirements exceeded the abilities of the RegAF's force structure.
The RegAF relies heavily on voluntary mobilization of the ANG to fill shortfalls.
More than nine years into the current conflicts, in contrast to the intent of AFI 10-402, the RegAF continues to rely on voluntary mobilization.
(18) Such a declaration renders the ANG directly accessible to the RegAF. (19) A governor's consent is no longer necessary.
The RegAF executes involuntary mobilization under three distinct sections of Title 10--namely, full mobilization, partial mobilization, and presidential reserve call-up.
The RegAF programs the ANG into the AEF rotation cycle.
capability and [Air Reserve Component] volunteer pool." (36) Additional triggers come into play when the RegAF forces in the "AEF library are at or below a 1:2 deployment-to-dwell ratio" and when operational requirements for forces supporting operations from home station exceed the RegAF's capacity.
(38) In this manner, the RegAF has used voluntary mobilization to "reduce [RegAF] tempo and mitigate the need for [involuntary] mobilization." (39) The RegAF's current use of ANG voluntary mobilization paves the way for the RegAF to claim it can meet the COCOM's aviation needs without involuntarily mobilizing ANG units.
Today, the 78th and 91st Attack Squadrons integrate their pilots, sensor operators and intelligence personnel into the RegAFs
432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing and provide 10 percent of the manning for the associated combat squadrons' CAPs.