Pentagon Abandons Active-duty Time Limit

From Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON – The
Pentagon has abandoned its limit on the time a citizen-soldier can be required to serve on active duty, officials said Thursday, a major change that reflects an Army stretched thin by longer-than-expected combat in
Iraq.

The day after
President Bush announced his plan for a deeper U.S. military commitment in Iraq, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters the change in reserve policy would have been made anyway because active-duty troops already were getting too little time between their combat tours.

The Pentagon also announced it is proposing to Congress that the size of the Army be increased by 65,000, to 547,000 and that the Marine Corps, the smallest of the services, grow by 27,000, to 202,000, over the next five years. No cost estimate was provided, but officials said it would be at least several billion dollars.

Until now, the Pentagon’s policy on the Guard or Reserve was that members’ cumulative time on active duty for the Iraq or Afghan wars could not exceed 24 months. That cumulative limit is now lifted; the remaining limit is on the length of any single mobilization, which may not exceed 24 consecutive months, Pace said.

In other words, a citizen-soldier could be mobilized for a 24-month stretch in Iraq or
Afghanistan, then demobilized and allowed to return to civilian life, only to be mobilized a second time for as much as an additional 24 months. In practice, Pace said, the Pentagon intends to limit all future mobilizations to 12 months.

(Thanks PVC)

4 Comments

  1. This sort of shit is really going to hurt the country in the future. As the terms get longer fewer will be willing to sign up for reserve duty. Then when we need them for actual defense, as opposed to the personal vendetta this is Iraq, we won’t have them.

  2. Why the fuck do you need so large army? U.S. should be responsible and spend the money on scientific research. It could change the world. Goddamn apes.

  3. … Being a reservist isn’t a hobby. Reservists are true soldiers, meant to be called in when active units grow thin, or to take their place “securing the homeland” while active units go abroad.

    … They all knew this when they joined.

    … I agree, it never should have come to this, but the reservists are just being told to do their jobs.

  4. more troops=more targets.How many years does it take to train an Army? guess it would help if the new recruites would not take every forth week off to go home as they are allowed to do now,also since they won’t travel to other city’s and are not forced to.Guess it helps in the recruiting. Most GI’s don’t trust them enough to turn their backs on them when it comes to a fire fight.

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