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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-28-07 12:14 PM
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27. Like I said, she should go too...unless there's kids, then it can be hard to arrange
Not to be a Bertie Bummer, your friend's kid should know that they are still using stop-loss. He could find out that at the end of his tour, he's 'held over by popular demand.' They say they're "reducing" it, which actually means they'll likely be using it mostly as a punishment for 'smartasses' who say they don't wanna go to there's a "force shaping tool" if I ever saw one. I'd roll the dice, though--it's one year closer to a Democratic President.

Gates wants military to minimize stop-loss program

By Jeff Schogol, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Saturday, January 27, 2007

ARLINGTON, Va. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has instructed all branches of the service to minimize the controversial stop-loss program, under which U.S. troops can be involuntarily kept in the service ...The policy allows each branch of the service to prevent troops from retiring or separating prior to deployments. Servicemembers can be kept in the service for three months prior to and following a deployment.

A total of 10,711 soldiers were subject to stop-loss restrictions as of Dec. 31, 2006....In a Jan. 19 memo, Gates gave each branch of the service until Feb. 28 to get back to him on how to minimize the stop-loss program for both active-duty and Reserve component troops.

The memo does not say by how much Gates wants to cut down on the program.

As the mission was just announced for each service to draft a plan to minimize the use of Stop Loss, Army is in the preliminary stages of that plan and will provide specific details once it has been completed, Paige said ...All branches of the service used the stop-loss program in the run-up to and during the Iraq war......
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  -Reenlistment officer told my friend's army enlisted son-in-law lebkuchen  Jan-28-07 11:22 AM   #0 
  - Smart man made a very smart choice.  xultar   Jan-28-07 11:23 AM   #1 
  - Right, they told him no Iraq/Afghanistan...  jayctravis   Jan-28-07 11:25 AM   #2 
  - ZING!!! BANG!!!! BOOM!!!! Exactly.  xultar   Jan-28-07 11:26 AM   #4 
  - My thought exactly. n/t  FormerRushFan   Jan-28-07 11:27 AM   #6 
  - No, they didn't. Good point.  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 11:28 AM   #7 
     - How many more can they bleed out of Germany and Italy, really? NT  MADem   Jan-28-07 11:40 AM   #13 
     - More from Germany are returning to Iraq in June  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 11:46 AM   #14 
        - Jesus. Send your friend's kid this link:  MADem   Jan-28-07 11:55 AM   #19 
           - I am sending this to them now  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 11:57 AM   #22 
              - Anytime. Korea is kind of fun. It's cold as hell in winter, but it's an  MADem   Jan-28-07 12:24 PM   #29 
                 - You probably remember the smell of the inside of a subway?  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 12:36 PM   #32 
                 - Funny, garlic never bothered me. I probably stunk up the room, too!!  MADem   Jan-28-07 01:30 PM   #48 
                 - Hubby said it's great once you get used to the smell.  Clark2008   Jan-28-07 01:32 PM   #49 
                    - That's kimchi!! Fermented cabbage and garlic, in a hot sauce! Ummmm! NT  MADem   Jan-28-07 01:46 PM   #51 
     - Easing even by 1% would be easing  indepat   Jan-28-07 12:43 PM   #34 
  - Not sure what the weight allowance will be  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 11:25 AM   #3 
     - When he's out for good!  xultar   Jan-28-07 11:26 AM   #5 
     - That's definitely the plan  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 11:29 AM   #8 
        - Why are we still  BayCityProgressive   Jan-28-07 11:32 AM   #9 
           - Did you hear about our new Africa Corp?  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 11:38 AM   #10 
           - Don't forget our South American brigades! NT  MADem   Jan-28-07 11:57 AM   #23 
           - We're on the line, there....I think it's past time we leave, too. NT  MADem   Jan-28-07 11:57 AM   #21 
     - It's unaccompanied/restricted, but it's still enough for a few nice things.  MADem   Jan-28-07 11:47 AM   #15 
        - like furniture? Or is that above and beyond?  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 11:59 AM   #24 
           - I brought furnishings home from Japan and the Phillipines, and a swell old chest from Korea  MADem   Jan-28-07 12:36 PM   #33 
              - You have an adventurous spirit  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 12:52 PM   #37 
                 - To me, Korea was so civilized!  MADem   Jan-28-07 01:44 PM   #50 
  - Smart kid. New bride can come visit. He can rent a cheap short term apartment off base  MADem   Jan-28-07 11:38 AM   #11 
  - She may be able to catch a MAC hop out of one of the southern bases  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 11:49 AM   #17 
     - Every time I went to Korea, I stayed in a hotel near a neighborhood that was chockablock full of  MADem   Jan-28-07 12:04 PM   #25 
        - He only has a year to go now  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 12:13 PM   #26 
        - Stop loss can extend people beyond their obligated date, that's the bad thing.  MADem   Jan-28-07 12:50 PM   #36 
           - He's reenlisted once  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 01:00 PM   #40 
              - He might be off the hook, if they were long enlistments. The Army is  MADem   Jan-28-07 01:28 PM   #47 
        - Maybe in the Air Force it does...  jmowreader   Jan-28-07 12:34 PM   #31 
           - I was speaking in general terms. I don't know this kid's branch of service.  MADem   Jan-28-07 12:58 PM   #38 
              - It's army.  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 01:05 PM   #42 
              - You can outprocess from the Army in just a couple of days  jmowreader   Jan-28-07 02:06 PM   #52 
                 - That's pretty much par for the course with all services, the only thing that might hold someone back  MADem   Jan-28-07 02:50 PM   #55 
  - Only downside is they have pulled troops from Korea for Iraq  wakeme2008   Jan-28-07 11:38 AM   #12 
  - The 2nd ID lost a lot of soldiers in Iraq  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 11:52 AM   #18 
  - Is that to be trusted?  treestar   Jan-28-07 11:49 AM   #16 
  - He leaves to Korea in two months  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 11:55 AM   #20 
     - Like I said, she should go too...unless there's kids, then it can be hard to arrange  MADem   Jan-28-07 12:14 PM   #27 
        - So, if they send him to a unit that is about to deploy when he returns  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 12:33 PM   #30 
           - They would have to stop-loss him, in that case. They can't just ignore his  MADem   Jan-28-07 01:02 PM   #41 
  - Yeah, and I was told I wouldn't be sent overseas when I joined...  cynatnite   Jan-28-07 12:15 PM   #28 
  - Don't you sometimes wonder if the detaillers/monitors/assignment personnel  MADem   Jan-28-07 01:11 PM   #45 
  - Good choice  shadowknows69   Jan-28-07 12:47 PM   #35 
  - Yeah, Fort Hood's casualty list is quite long  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 01:08 PM   #43 
  - I guess that kid knew what you knew--he's rolling the dice with Korea  MADem   Jan-28-07 01:14 PM   #46 
  - Total lie, they cannot promise that kind of thing and someone  Rex   Jan-28-07 12:59 PM   #39 
  - That's what I told my friend  lebkuchen   Jan-28-07 01:09 PM   #44 
     - Good! He's lucky to have you as a friend.  Rex   Jan-28-07 02:41 PM   #54 
  - Good advice nt  Crabby Appleton   Jan-28-07 02:30 PM   #53 

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