Marines to issue involuntary call-ups

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    Corps faces shortage of volunteers for deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14468245/

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marine Corps said Tuesday it has been authorized to recall thousands of Marines to active duty, primarily because of a shortage of volunteers for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Up to 2,500 Marines will be brought back at any one time, but there is no cap on the total number of Marines who may be forced back into service in the coming years as the military battles the war on terror. The call-ups will begin in the next several months.

    This is the first time the Marines have had to use the involuntary recall since the early days of the Iraq combat. The Army has ordered back about 14,000 soldiers since the start of the war.

    Marine Col. Guy A. Stratton, head of the manpower mobilization section, estimated that there is a current shortfall of about 1,200 Marines needed to fill positions in upcoming unit deployments.

    The call-up affects Marines in the Individual Ready Reserve, a segment of the reserves that consists mainly of those who left active duty but still have time remaining on their eight-year military obligation.

    Generally, Marines enlist for four years, then serve the other four years either in the regular Reserves, where they are paid and train periodically, or they may elect to go into the IRR. Marines in the IRR are only obligated to report one day a year but can be involuntarily recalled to active duty.

    According to Stratton, there are about 59,000 Marines in the IRR, but the Corps has decided to exempt from the call-up those who are either in their first year or last year of the reserve status. As a result, the pool of available Marines is about 35,000.

    Up to two years on duty
    The deployments can last up to two years, but on average would be 12 to 18 months, Stratton said. And each Marine who is being recalled will get five months to prepare before having to report for duty.

    President Bush authorized the recall on July 26. It is the first such recall since early 2003, when about 2,000 Marines were involuntarily activated for the initial ground war in Iraq.

    “Since this is going to be a long war,” said Stratton, “we thought it was judicious and prudent at this time to be able to use a relatively small portion of those Marines to help us augment our units.”

    He said the Marines may continue to tap into the IRR for as long as the war on terror continues. Some of the military needs, he said, include engineers, intelligence, military police, and communications.

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    A sign that we wont be seeing any troop withdrawals soon (like many have predicted), or just the Marines figuring its probably a good idea to be at full fighting strength during wartime (even if that war may soon be over) ?
     
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    is this the beginning of preparations for Iran?
     
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    Is it getting a little drafty out there? And as for Iran...Suppose a squadron of Navy EA-6B Prowlers is sent to an airbase in Iraq. The Prowler is an airborne ECM platform for supressing enemy air defense radar. Iraq has no air defenses other than what we have there. That leaves Syria and Iran. Which do you think that squirrely little chicken-hawk SOB in the Oval Office is gonna pull the trigger on? How much you wanna bet it happens before the mid-term elections?
     
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    I keep reminding the folks at HQMC that I am able bodied (I can still run a first class PFT for the 18-25 age group) and only three years out of date.

    They expressed thanks and said they already had my resume.

    So I called again.

    They expressed thanks and said they already had my resume and email address.

    So I called again.

    They expressed thanks and said they already had my resume, email address, and mailing address, and by the way they got my cell phone. Now please stop bugging the phone watch at CMC.

    Some days you just can't win. But the article gives me hope.
     
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    Well guy, if that's what you wanna do, gimme an FPO address when you go and I'll send you a combat knife with a M.O.L.L.E. sheath. Not the cheap stuff either.
     
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    I appreciate that. But I already have several Kbars and a couple of Tantos. I have plenty of deuce gear that was acquired over the years. Problem is there is currently no plan to call back retirees. And, they need Indians more than chiefs. Maybe if I tell em I'll give back three rockers and go as a Sergeant. I could be a squad leader. Nah, some days I have a problem with authority. I was so much easier going when I was the boss. [​IMG]
     
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    I remember when liberals and Democrats were complaining and criticizing the way Bush was handling the war and the military. One of their allegations was that the military was not meeting its quota of new recruits. People simply did not want to sign up and take the risk of possibly being sent to a war that they did not think justified. They did not want to be put in harm’s way. Conservatives and Republicans were saying that the military is surpassing its quota. They argued that many people are still volunteering for service.

    Well?!? Which one is it? Is the military in desperate need of more people or do they have an adequate supply. Will we have to institute the draft or not???
     
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    Perhaps I should start looking up rent prices in Montreal :salute:
     
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    Numbers for the military are always changing. One year they'll say they're way behind on numbers in an area, the next year way over. I know in the Air Force they are booting out alot of officers(Lt. -Capt.). The last couple of years they've been getting rid of 3Cs --they completely cut out the re-enlistment bonus (used to be $60,000 when I was in) and they are actually offering some an early out of their active duty enlistment to finish their commitment in the reserves. The military is always "reshaping" in order to save money. The Air Force is currently under the process of cutting out 36,000 positions across conus.
     
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    I just want to know if we can bring Mattskramer, Redhots, psychoblues, and the rest of their ilk along for the ride. :dev2:
     

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