What is Activation? As a Soldier in
the Army Reserve, part of your job is to defend our
country and uphold our freedoms. World events may create
a need for you to be called into Active Duty.
In support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Noble Eagle
and Enduring Freedom, Army Reserve Soldiers have been
activated and deployed throughout the United States
Activation is when an Army Reserve Soldier is called
to serve in the Army full time. Activation can put you
in an Army job within the United States or you may be
deployed to foreign soil.
Once activated, Army Reserve Soldiers can only serve
a maximum of two years Active Duty. As an activated
or deployed Army Reserve Soldier, you receive the same
pay as Soldiers of the same rank on Active Duty, and
you may be entitled to additional types of pay and if
you have any dependents, a Family Separation Allowance.
Activation of Units
Units organized to serve, as units must be activated
as units. A unit is any group or detachment of two or
more individuals organized to perform a particular function,
whether or not such a group is part of a larger group.
Individual Soldiers of the Ready Reserve may be ordered
to active duty under this authority if they are not
members of units organized to serve as units. During
the period of active duty under this authority, National
Guard and Reserve forces are part of the active armed
forces of the United States. A Derivative Unit Identification
Code (DUIC) may be created to form a tailored force
to meet Forces Command (FORSCOM) defined requirements
when a full parent unit is not required. A DUIC is issued
based on approval by HQDA, G-3.