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"It runs contrary to the whole notion of a volunteer military," said retired Capt. Andrew Exum, a former Army Ranger whose service with the Army ended a week ago after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"For an enlisted soldier who signs a predetermined contract for a predetermined period of time, to stay on active duty, I would say it's a breach of contract," he said.
Originally posted by DarkRain
A) im not new,
B) obvilusly, you've never been in the military, i have,
you sign up for 6,that's SIX years.
In the Army, Marines, and Air Force, you do 3 inactive, and 3 active,
in the Navy, it's 4 active.
I'm talking about people who have been in much longer, want to retire,
or simply leave and are being refused to be allowed to.
I also refer to the fact that once they are "re-enlisted" their new date of
leave is set to something like 2030.
Here's the second thing -- the military may not let you out at the end of your active duty tour. Under a program called "Stop Loss," the military is allowed to prevent you from separating, during times of conflict, if they need your particular warm body. During the first Gulf War (1990), all of the services implemented "Stop Loss,"preventing pretty much anyone from separating, for an entire year. During the Kosovo Campaign, the Air Force instituted "Stop Loss" for those in certain "Shortage" jobs. During Iraq and Afghanistan, The Army, Air Force, and Marines instituted "Stop Loss," again, directed at specific individuals with shortage jobs, or (in the case of the Army), sometimes directed at specific units. The key is, once you join, if there are any conflicts going on, the military can hold you past your normal separation or retirement date.