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US, UK Sign Military Reserve Exchange Pact

army stock photoThe U.S. Defense Department and its British counterpart have agreed to host and train military reservists from either the U.S. or the U.K. as part of the countries’ security cooperation efforts, DoD News reported Monday.

Paul Patrick, DoD’s deputy assistant secretary for reserve readiness, training and mobilization, signed a memorandum of understanding with British Army Maj. Gen. John Crackett to facilitate the Military Reserve Exchange Program.

Patrick said the initiative “plays a key role in maintaining individual readiness of reservists and their contribution to national defense.”

Signing of the MoU occured during a ceremony held Monday at the British ambassador’s residence in Washington.

Approximately 3,000 U.S. and British reservists have participated in the Military Reserve Exchange Program since the program’s inception in 1985, according to DoD News.

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