Yes, Mark Kirk lied about "deploying"
Some people have written to say that I was, well, nitpicking when I wrote this about Mark Kirk.
As I've said before, a couple of weeks in country doesn't equal a deployment. Ask any military spouse who's had to do the math in his or her head when looking over paperwork ordering a spouse to duty for 180, 270 or even 540 days. By claiming to have "deployed" to Afghanistan when he merely met his annual training requirement there--an opportunity denied those not politically connected--Rep. Kirk mocks the National Guardsmen and Reservists who have served more time overseas in the last ten years than any time since WWII.A couple people have claimed that Kirk is "technically correct" and anytime you pack your ruck and head overseas is a "deployment."
This doesn't meet the laugh test. I did an AT period in Japan. Did I deploy to Japan?
You know who agrees with me on this? The Navy. From the regulations for the Naval Sea Service Deployment ribbon.
Definitions:Mark Kirk's claims that he "deployed" to Afghanistan are bullshit.
(1) Sea Duty. Duty performed in commissioned vessels or units which operate away from their homeport/homebase for extended periods.
(2) Deployable Units. A ship (USN, USNS), aircraft squadron, detachment, battalion or other unit which operates away from its assigned homeport/homebase for a period of at least 90 consecutive days.
(3) Deployment. Either a period of at least 90 consecutive days with a deployed unit or two deployments of at least 80 days each with a given 12-month period. No waivers of this requirement will be made.