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.

(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.


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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:


(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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