Talk:100th Infantry Battalion (United States)

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Only infantry unit in the U.S. Army Reserve?[edit]

I know nothing about the 100th Infantry Battalion and darn little about the US Army Reserve. Nonetheless, I find the statement "The 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry is the only infantry unit in the U.S. Army Reserve" difficult to believe. Is there a word missing? Please educate me. --Richard 04:41, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

It is true that most of the Infantry units have been allocated between the Regular Army and the National Guard, but I share your acepticism. I'll do some checking for myself. - SSG Cornelius Seon (Retired) 19:40, 28 May 2007 (UTC)
I think I understand now. I think the point is that the 100th Infantry Battalion is the last remaining "pure infantry" unit; that is, it is "infantry" as opposed to "mechanized infantry". Can anybody confirm this?
If I'm right, I'd be interested in knowing why this is true. What's the value of an "infantry" unit that is not mechanized?
--Richard 17:44, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

Scratch all of the above. I got it wrong. The distinction being made is "combat" vs. "combat support" and "combat service support". But, the question still remains... why? Why is this one unit the only combat unit in the USAR? My guess is that it is a special dispensation granted to the unit due to its extraordinary distinction for valor in WWII. However, that is pure speculation. If my speculation is on the money, it should definitely be included in this article. Can anybody help?

--Richard 18:00, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

It is true that currently there are few Infantry units in the Army Reserve - The National Guard has the majority of Infantry units NOT in the Regular Army - and there haven't been any "Straight Leg" (Units that walk most everywhere they go) Infantry units in the Army since the days of Vietnam. All Infantry Units today are either Airborne, Air Assault, Mechanized, Stryker, or a combination of all of the above. SSG Cornelius Seon (US Army, Retired) (talk) 00:19, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

The reason is that the unit has elements from American Samoa, and the Northern Marianas that would be NG but since there is no NG in these jurisdictions they are USAR instead.

If you read Maneuver and Firepower (http://www.history.army.mil/books/Lineage/M-F/index.htm), Department of the Army made a decision to put all Combat Arms (artillery, armor, cavalry, infantry) in the National Guard. This is what also killed the Reserve Special Forces units. The 100/442d is an exception due to the unit's war record and the strength of the Hawaiian Congressional delegation. Samoa does have a National guard presence (http://www.samoanewsonline.com/viewstory.php?storyid=10891). The 100/442d is the LAST Infantry unit of any type in the Army Reserve since the 157th, 187th , and 205th Infnatry Brigades (USAR) inactivated in the mid-1990s. The AC/RC (active component & reserve compent)units of First Army are training regiments, not deployable units (although the members can deploy) and do not count as "Infnatry" units. The 100/442d is currently organized under the same IBCT organization as the National Guard and Regular Army Infantry units. The IBCT has replaced the Light, Airborne, and Air Assault organzations.Mikeofv (talk) 16:04, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

WikiProject Military history/Assessment/Tag & Assess 2008[edit]

Article reassessed and graded as start class. Referencing and appropriate inline citation guidelines not met. --dashiellx (talk) 11:12, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

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My edits[edit]

I've made some substantial edits to reduce the amount of "peacock language" and other words to watch in the article. I think more needs to be done in order to ensure we have an article that reflects the proud history of the unit.Ocalafla (talk) 23:03, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

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