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Marine Corps to Start Involuntary Troop Recalls

Posted on Aug 23, 2006

Thousands of inactive service members will probably be called up to counter a decline in volunteers. The official in charge of the Marines’ manpower mobilization said he didn’t know why the numbers have been dropping off recently.



The U.S. Marine Corps will start ordering what could be thousands of inactive service members to return to duty in the coming months to counter a steady decline in the number of such troops who volunteer, the service said on Tuesday.

Col. Guy Stratton, head of the Marine Corps’ manpower mobilization plans, said the service is short some 1,200 volunteers over the next 18 months to fill roles in the war on terrorism. The total shortfall fluctuates regularly, he said.

Stratton said President George W. Bush authorized the Marine Corps to issue involuntary recall orders to members of the Individual Ready Reserve, part of the non-active force. It will be the Marine Corps’ first involuntary recall since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.


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By NATALIE, May 19, 2008 at 8:38 am Link to this comment
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In addition to marine troops, my brother is in the Army and has been recalled to active duty.

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By the Harve, February 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment
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I think I should go back to active duty if they need men.I am retired USMCR and still in good shape.I would like to get a decent apycheck-delegate work,drink like a fish and “stab” dirty foreign women.

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By kevin99999, August 24, 2006 at 12:40 am Link to this comment
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I would like to see a return of draft so that sons and daughters of wealthy people can also serve in the army, and not just poor people. And, no deferment be allowed like Cheney and Rumsfeld used to escape serving in the military.

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By AmeriPundit, August 23, 2006 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment
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The inactive service members called up should keep one word in mind: “inactive”.

Whether they go or not, they should stay “inactive” unless they are being attacked.  Then they should take all necessary steps to protect themselves.  Other than that, they should remain “inactive” when ordered to patrol an area or kill for someone else’s mistake.

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By J. Thomas Duffy, August 23, 2006 at 5:42 pm Link to this comment
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We riffed on this today

Top Ten Cloves: Things Overheard During the Marine Reservists’ Recall To Duty


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