The National Unified Service Command-Army is ostensibly a reserve military force that will never be formally activated for either military or civil action. Several training exercises external to the military environment have been conducted dealing only with civil action. Several training exercises external to the military environment have been conducted dealing only with local civil authorities.

The NUSC will never be an infantry (combat) unit at any level of its command. Conversely, the military community, more specifically the United States Army, performs functions of which the units of NUSC would be eminently qualified, as reserves.

Ronnie M. Nevins was appointed the rank of captain in the National Unified Service Command Army Branch June 2. According to the certificate of appointment, he is "obligated to exercise additional authority and willingly accept a greater responsibility at all times in support of the National Defense, Homeland Defense, and security goals and objectives of the United States of America."

The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command is a vital part of the primary mission of this branch of the Armed Services; however, combat is secondary to its mission objectives, if not completely non-essential. Some 96 percent of its manpower are the Reserve Component of the Army, located in 25 states. The Army Reserve has four Civil Affairs Commands and two psychological groups, each with subordinate brigade and battalions. USACAPOC soldiers maintain the highest standard of training and physical readiness for restoring civil order and stability, overseas and domestic.

Civil Affairs soldiers are a commander's link to the civil authorities in the CO's area of operations. With specialists in virtually every area of government, they assist a host of governments in meeting the needs of the citizenry and in maintaining a stable and functionally viable Civil Administration. The Civil Affairs soldiers possess unique training skills and experience. Since the great majority of said forces are in the Reservist Corps, these men and women bring to the Army finely honed skills and practice daily in the civilian sector, as judges, physicians, health inspectors, police and fire chiefs, public administrators, etc.

The unique training experience and abilities of USACAPOC soldiers make them an ideal asset in dealing with national and state priorities. This analysis has been verified many times over, including Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Hurricane Andrew, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo.

The rapidly emerging, self-reforming mission of the NUSC is already similar to the functional goals of the USACAPOC, past and present. It is time for the NUSC to expedite the reform of its mission/vision by changing from exclusively to Civil Affairs units with corresponding missions. It would appear that the NUSC is already more closely aligned with TEMA and local entities than it is with the military. Why not state Civil Affairs divisions with supporting brigades, battalions, and companies? Inevitably, the role of the NUSC in a crisis of significant proportion will need to be more than custodians and traffic cops. Most certainly, we should and will be involved in civil administration and in restoring local government service delivery systems.