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CHOCO
Nov 19th, 2002, 07:14 PM
U.S. May Warn Reservists of Iraq War

By ROBERT BURNS

November 19, 2002, 10:59 AM EST


WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is considering whether to alert some members of the National Guard and Reserve that they might get called to active duty for war in Iraq, even though President Bush has not yet decided whether to use military force, a senior official said Tuesday.

"It's something we are looking at," said Thomas Hall, the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs.

"If you elect to do that, then are you giving potential enemies and others advance information of what you're going to do? Are you also unnecessarily alerting people that they might be mobilized ... and then it turns out they aren't called up?"

There currently are 51,358 reservists on active duty -- mostly for homeland defense in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. If the United States goes to war in Iraq, Pentagon officials expect to need at least 100,000 more.

Hall said he would like to give reservists as much notice as possible so they can make necessary personal arrangements. He said they normally should have about 30 days to report for active duty, once given the order. But he did not rule out that there could be some no-notice call-ups if there is war in Iraq.

"If I were a reservist I certainly would want to know as long ahead as I could that I was perhaps going to be mobilized," said Hall, a retired two-star Navy admiral whose final military post was as chief of the Naval Reserve.

Hall declined to discuss the Pentagon's specific planning for a wartime callup. "It's just premature," he said.

Over the longer term, the Pentagon is looking at the possibility of moving some military missions that are mainly or exclusively in the National Guard and Reserve into the active-duty force, and vice versa. Missions like civil affairs -- the soldiers who help civilian authorities rebuild a society after a conflict -- are increasingly in demand, thus putting undue strain on civil affairs reservists, their families and their civilian employers.

"That's a major issue and concern," Hall said.

CHOCO
Nov 19th, 2002, 07:52 PM
It's a shame that many of these reservists won't have a job when they complete their service. Corporate America should step up to the plate and provide more jobs for these solders.

YemenMaltaGirl
Nov 19th, 2002, 08:01 PM
America should do a lot of things

ttaM
Nov 19th, 2002, 08:54 PM
Originally posted by CHOCO
It's a shame that many of these reservists won't have a job when they complete their service. Corporate America should step up to the plate and provide more jobs for these solders.

If the employeer knows one of their employees is in the Guard or Reserve, and they get actived, the employeer cannot fire that person for that reason unless they want to be sued by the Government.

CHOCO
Nov 19th, 2002, 10:50 PM
That's what I thought too, but there are tons of stories after the Persian Gulf War how many reservists lost their jobs upon returning to civilian life.

lemon
Nov 20th, 2002, 12:54 AM
God I hope we don't get activated.... that would suck majorly.... I'm getting married in a few months and my wife(to be) would KILL the local Commander :P