Pentagon Lifts Time Limits on Active-Duty Service- Just in Time for Bush's War Escalation Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

Pentagon Lifts Time Limits on Active-Duty Service- Just in Time for Bush's War Escalation
 


11 January 2007 at 7:01:35 PM
salon

Truly shameful. Before, an active duty Guard or Reserve's deployment couldn't be more than 2 years (24 months)-that's CUMULATIVE. The limit now is per mobilization, which can't be more than 24 months. Of course, one can have more than one mobilization, so if you were already in Iraq for 24 months, you can be there for another 24. Sometime in the future, the Pentagon says, it will limit mobilizations to 12 months. But not now, there's  gas to be thrown on the fire.

Members of the Guard combat brigades that have served in Iraq in recent years spent 18 months on active duty - about six months in pre-deployment training in the United States, followed by about 12 months in Iraq. Under the old policy, they could not be sent back to Iraq because their cumulative time on active duty would exceed 24 months. Now that cumulative limit has been lifted, giving the Pentagon more flexibility.

The new approach, Pace said, is to squeeze the training, deployment and demobilization into a maximum of 12 months. He called that a "significant planning factor" for Guard and Reserve members and their families.

Here's an insult from David Chu.

The fact that some with previous Iraq experience will end up spending more than 24 months on active duty is "no big deal," Chu said, because it has been "implicitly understood" by most that they eventually would go beyond 24 months.

Pentagon's going to be coming after National Guard combat brigades again.

Tell your congressperson to stop Bush's escalation.


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