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Jack_Dawson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 11:51 AM
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Can Retired Military be "Called Up"?
I have a friend - huge Bush supporter. Former marine (did his 8 years...fought in Iraq '91). He's now 33 and wondering if he can be called back up.

Does anyone know? Link?

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IrateCitizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 11:54 AM
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1. Only if he's IRR...
Did he receive a full discharge when he left active duty, or did he go into the Individual Ready Reserve?

If it's the former, then he cannot be called back up. If it's the latter, he sure as hell can.
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Wickerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 11:55 AM
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2. First, he's not retired - unless medically
you need 20 for that. You have an inactive commitment, can't say for sure what it is - mine was for a total of 12 years and I was Iraq era (error). His might be done, depending on when he got out.

Next, he doesn't need to be called up - he can volunteer!
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pbeal2 Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 11:58 AM
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3. Nope
If you serve 8 years you don't have a IRR commitment But can certainly enlist again at age 33 and put his ass where his mouth is.
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classof56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 12:00 PM
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4. I agree with lunabush...he could volunteer!
If he supports Bush and thinks this war is such a great thing, he should gladly join up and jump into the fray. Of course, if Bush "wins" this one, there'll be nothing to wonder about. Since your friend's 33, he'll be drafted, as will all of you between the ages of 18 and 34. In my case, I'll be getting my grandsons the hell outa Dodge as soon as I can. Bush has a lot more wars to fight. I refer you to PNAC for further details.

DEFEAT BUSH!!!
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amber dog democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 12:00 PM
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5. Maybe if we have a Volkssturm
Volkssturm, literally translated as people storm, was a German national militia of the last months of the Third Reich.

We could create an army of old, young or otherwise unqualified folk to send to iraq as a last resort. Better to keep fighting those bad guys there than here.

Otherwise, yes many of those who have not been completely discharged could be called up. I think the period is 2 years after your enlistment is over.

Just don't call it a draft yet.
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meatloaf Donating Member (605 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 12:05 PM
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6. When I enlisted in the Army in '87 the way it was explained to
me is that once you sign on the dotted line they own you for life. It is highly unlikely that you'll be recalled after you've passed the 8 year commitment date, but if things ever got bad enough you can be reactivated at any time.
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sonicx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 12:09 PM
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7. what happens if they call you up and you refuse to go?
:(
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 12:39 PM
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8. Better Yet
What if they gave a war and nobody came?
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 12:51 PM
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9. According to the freeper-types I talked to he has to resign his commission
in writing otherwise he can be called up, for a number of years, for any reason after he has left the reserves or active duty.
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