Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Ready and willing Reserves
The U.S. Army on Tuesday defended its plan to mobilize involuntarily 5,600 retired or discharged soldiers as nothing 'new or unusual,' but critics said it undermines the concept of an all-volunteer military.

The soldiers will be summoned from the Individual Ready Reserve, a seldom-tapped pool of 111,000 people who remain eligible to be called to active duty for eight years after completing their voluntary Army service commitment.

Army officials said these soldiers will be deployed this year to Iraq and Afghanistan to fill shortages in specific jobs such as military police and civil affairs.
Guess that 'handing over' thing was merely symbolic -shock.


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