Saturday, January 08, 2005

An Unlimited Number of Call-ups for Longer Tours of Duty

According to "a senior Army official" who "declined to be named," the National Guard's 15 main combat units are "close to being 'tapped out'" (Bradley Graham, "Reservists May Face Longer Tours of Duty," Washington Post, January 7, 2005, A1). Consequently, the Army is considering a radical policy change:
Under current policy, a reservist is not to serve on active duty for more than 24 months, although those months can be split among multiple deployments that occur over a period of years.

The change under consideration, the Army official said, would essentially make a reservist eligible for an unlimited number of call-ups but stipulate that no single mobilization would last more than 24 consecutive months. (emphasis added, Graham, January 7, 2005)
That's almost an incitement to mutiny!

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