Wednesday, September 15, 2004

U.S. Stretching Reserves, Nat'l Guard in Iraq

[SAM SMITH - Even though U.S. military spending is at Cold War levels, you would never know it in the field where 40% of the troops in combat are National Guard and Reserves. Where did the money go? How can we be spending such huge sums and not have the troops to handle two minor league nations?]

REUTERS - They once were dubbed "weekend warriors," but Americans serving in the National Guard and Reserve are being used extensively in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - far more so than in the Vietnam War. Roughly 40 percent of the U.S. forces deployed for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are part-time troops called to active duty from the military's reserve components, primarily the Army National Guard and Reserve. . . By comparison, just over 7,000 Army National Guard soldiers were deployed to Vietnam out of the 2 million Americans who served in that long war in an era when some young men signed up for Guard duty to avoid combat.

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