Army Plans Involuntary Call-Up

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    Army Plans Involuntary Call-Up of Thousands
    Mon Jun 28, 2004 11:16 PM ET
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    By Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is planning an involuntary mobilization of thousands of reserve troops to maintain adequate force levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials said on Monday.

    The move -- involving the seldom-tapped Individual Ready Reserve -- represents the latest evidence of the strain being placed on the U.S. military, particularly the Army, by operations in those two countries.

    Roughly 5,600 soldiers from the ready reserve will be notified of possible deployment this year, including some soldiers who will be notified within a month, said an Army official speaking on condition of anonymity.

    A senior defense official said, "These individuals are being called back to fill specific shortages for specific jobs."

    The official said the last time the Individual Ready Reserve, mainly made up of soldiers who have completed their active duty obligations, was mobilized in any significant numbers was during the 1991 Gulf War.

    Army officials are in the process of briefing members of Congress on the mobilization and plan a formal announcement on Wednesday.

    The Army official said the mobilization "will be through the rest of the year. Some could be within a month."

    "It would be an involuntary measure, an involuntary mobilization," the Army official said. "It's approximately 5,600."

    Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5536115
     
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    I would guess that anytime orders are given they are involuntary; that is why they are called orders.
     
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    After my husbands ETS date he was in inactive reserves for 4 (or 6, can't remember) years. He knew that if he was needed he had to go back in. Not really involuntary since he volunteered for the Army and knew this could happen.
    Not sure of the point of the post but thought I would add this. :)
     
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    You are exactly right. Most people do not realize that every male between the ages of 18 and 35 have a commitment of 8 years to the military. You are BORN with that commitment!

    I did 7 years, 9 months and 21 days. Therefore, I only had to serve a little less than 3 months in the IRR.

    The headline of the article tries to make this sound like the draft or something. Typical.
     
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    That's exactly why I had to post what I did. :)
     
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    Huh... I never knew that. :eek:

    I only posted this article because I wanted to see what you guys thought, I didn't really feel a particular way about it except that I thought that's what is supposed to happen, kind of like what HGROKIT wrote.
     
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    I have about 23 months left in the IRR. But I work for the Army, so they know where to find me if they want to recall me...
     
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    My IRR time expired in 92.
     

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