[ noun ] (military) civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
Used in print(Public Papers of the Presidents of the U.S. D. D....)
Under modern conditions , this is especially true of the ready reserve .
These strengths are considered adequate to meet the essential roles and missions of the reserves in support of our national security objectives .
The second capability is represented by our deployed ground , naval , and air forces in essential forward areas , together with ready reserves capable of effecting early emergency reinforcement .