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Pentagon abandons active-duty time limit

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posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 11:22 PM
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Well it sure looks like we are getting stretched a bit militarily. And it also looks like they are changing the rules all the time to suit their needs. I don't think it's right for these guys serving tour after tour. It looks like the draft might be in the near future if this keeps up.

Pentagon abandons active-duty time limits


Pentagon abandons active-duty time limit

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer1 hour, 13 minutes ago

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.




posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 11:30 PM
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What are they expecting to happen that they need that many new troops within 5 years?

I think it's obvious there is NO plan to end the war on 'terror', or more accurately the occupation of South West Asia.

Where are they going to find all these new troops? Knowing the fact that they will end up doing multiple tours in Iraq will cause recruiting to go down, like it already has.

Yes I think we're one step closer to a draft.

[edit on 11/1/2007 by ANOK]



posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 11:39 PM
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Originally posted by Realtruth
Well it sure looks like we are getting stretched a bit militarily. And it also looks like they are changing the rules all the time to suit their needs. I don't think it's right for these guys serving tour after tour. It looks like the draft might be in the near future if this keeps up.


That is what happens during war time. Whether we agree with the war or not, under an all volunteer military force, they will have to serve tour after tour because there is no one else to send. The pentagon is not extending the enlistment times, it’s just removing the cap on how long reservist are permitted to be deployed.



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.
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posted on Jan, 13 2007 @ 09:20 PM
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Already covered Here on ATSNN on 11-1-07 @ 5:40pm

Please vist link for discussion.



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