Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Yes, Mark Kirk lied about "deploying"

Update: Welcome, Kirk staffers! Make sure you go back and check all of my work. I have already sent a message to Politifact, asking them to please fact-check me on this issue.

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:

(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.
Mark Kirk's claims that he "deployed" to Afghanistan are bullshit.

4 Comments:

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6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know who agrees with Kirk? The DOD. http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/dod_dictionary/data/d/616.html
From the DOD definition of Military Terms:

deployment

(DOD) 1. In naval usage, the change from a cruising approach or contact disposition to a disposition for battle.

(DOD) 2. The movement of forces within operational areas.

(DOD) 3. The positioning of forces into a formation for battle.

(DOD) 4. The relocation of forces and materiel to desired operational areas. Deployment encompasses all activities from origin or home station through destination, specifically including intra-continental United States, intertheater, and intratheater movement legs, staging, and holding areas. See also deployment order; deployment planning; prepare to deploy order.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

So then Kirk should release a copy of his deployment orders--unless he was actually only on AT orders.

8:31 AM  

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