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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-28-07 01:14 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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