In 1970, when Richard Blumenthal served, many young Americans joined the military reserves to avoid fighting overseas. Today, by contrast, many young Americans join the reserves precisely so that they can fight overseas. That’s because America today has an operational reserve that is integral to the U.S. military and its war-fighting team. This is an important achievement which we must sustain. Indeed, Congress must ensure that we never revert back to the bad old days when reservists were second-class citizens and unequal members of the United States military.