[R-G] Is it getting drafty these days?
aaron at istop.com
aaron at istop.com
Sun Oct 3 11:36:26 MDT 2004
I wonder how much longer they can go on with these quasi/De Facto draft
messures before the fuzzy mitten comes off and the proclaim "we are bringing
back the draft." In alot of cases where we fight the enemy, we must be
tactically superior to our enemy:with that being said I feel we in the social
justice movment are making a mistake if we just make the political argument
for U.S war resisters to stay in canada without also setting up the logistics
and on the ground organising to help facilitate,war resisters and very
possibly draft dodgers.I have said it befor, but I will say it again, We must
think about such things as War Resister transition houses set up on or near
border down that will better facilitate the war resister, also what about
individuals or famillies adopting a war resister. Have "adopt a war resister"
campaings set up in different comunities. The catholic church still has alot
of monistaries and othert places in rural areas. I personally know of many
places in Cape Breton where War resisters could go and noone would know there
there and where the community would protect them.well I am at the library in
Halifax and overstayed my limit.
yftr, Aaron Doncaster
US Army to call up 5,000 more ex-soldiers in 2005
01 Oct 2004 22:51:29 GMT
By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, now mobilizing 5,600 former
soldiers from a rarely used personnel pool to go to Iraq and Afghanistan,
plans to summon a similar number next year for duty in those war zones, a
senior official said on Friday.
The Army also said it plans to step up recruitment efforts to try to meet
goals to sign up 80,000 new soldiers for the regular Army and 22,000 for the
Army Reserve in the fiscal year that began on Friday. The Army recruiting
command's chief acknowledged the wars were deterring some potential recruits.
To plug shortfalls in certain skills in units being deployed, the Army has
tapped the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), made up of 111,000 people who have
completed voluntary military commitments and have returned to civilian life
but remain eligible to be mobilized in a national emergency.
The Army said about 3,900 of the 5,600 IRR soldiers scheduled to be summoned
to active duty already have received orders to report. The mobilization,
which began in July, is intended to yield about 4,400 soldiers for duty in
Iraq and Afghanistan in the coming weeks and months after the Army provides
service exemptions for medical problems and other hardships.
Robert Smiley, a senior Army official involved in personnel mobilization,
said the Army also expected in mid-2005 to begin mobilizing about another
5,600 from the IRR.
"It will be a one-for-one swap, essentially," Smiley told reporters, with the
5,600 IRR soldiers being mobilized next year, replacing the current IRR
soldiers after they complete 12-month combat tours.
"It will be a one-for-one swap, essentially," for the IRR soldiers currently
being mobilized after they complete 12-month combat tours, Smiley told
Critics have cited the Army's reliance on the IRR as evidence that it has too
few soldiers to sustain force levels in Iraq and Afghanistan.
'A NATION AT WAR'
"We're a nation at war. And we need these people to come on active duty,"
said Brig. Gen. Sean Byrne, the Army's director of personnel policy.
Of the IRR members whose date to report for duty has already arrived, roughly
one-third have not shown up on time, with most of those requesting service
exemptions or a delay in reporting, Byrne said.
Lt. Col. Pamela Hart, an Army spokeswoman at the Pentagon, said the Army has
identified six IRR members who have not reported by the date ordered, and
have not requested an exemption from service or a delay in reporting.
These six people potentially could face future criminal charges if deemed
absent without leave, or AWOL, although Hart said charges were unlikely and
noted that commanders have a great deal of discretion in how to handle these
A spokeswoman for the Army Human Resources Command had said on Tuesday that
eight IRR members had been listed as AWOL.
Byrne said the Human Resources Command was mistaken, adding, "No one is
considered in an AWOL status right now."
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Michael Rochelle, head of the Army Recruiting Command,
said the Army is adding 1,000 recruiters and $12 million in advertising money
to boost efforts to sign up fresh soldiers. In the fiscal year that ended
Thursday, the regular Army and Army Reserve met recruiting goals, while the
Army National Guard fell short.
"Obviously there's a war going on. No one would deny that. And for some
people, for some of our prospects for our target age, young men and women,
that is in fact a drawback. And it will deter some of them," Rochelle told
"Many of them, once presented with the facts, can be convinced otherwise."
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