Surge Would Violate Pentagon Policy

Of course for this Assministration rules were made to be broken.

Top U.S. military officials, expecting President Bush to order an increase in the size of the force in Iraq, have concluded that such a buildup would require them to reverse Pentagon policy and send the Army’s National Guard and reserve units on lengthy second tours in Iraq, defense officials said Monday.

Under Pentagon policy, Guard and reserve units have been limited to 24 months of mobilization for the Iraq war. Under that rule, most reserve units already sent to Iraq are ineligible to return.

But the Joint Chiefs of Staff have concluded that a significant buildup would require the Pentagon to overturn the policy and send Guard and reserve units for additional yearlong tours.

Such an order probably would be controversial among state governors, who share authority over the Guard, and could heighten concerns in Congress over the war and Bush’s plans for a troop increase.


Some civilians inside the Department of Defense remain deeply skeptical of a change in policy — in particular, David Chu, the undersecretary for personnel and readiness, a defense official said.

Chu and other officials have argued that the military should try to find other ways to fill the need for reservists — by tapping Navy and Air Force units, for example — rather than sending Guard and reserve units for second tours.

Pentagon officials said leaders of the National Guard remain skeptical of calling up their combat brigades for a second tour. Before a buildup was considered, no National Guard brigade combat team was scheduled to deploy to Iraq until 2009, to give the force time to replace personnel and equipment.

National Guard officials have argued that their units can sustain one-year deployments every six years. But recruiting and retention could suffer if the policy is changed and Guard units are remobilized too quickly, a Pentagon official said.

Nearly 206,000 Army National Guard soldiers have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Under current policy, those soldiers would be sent for a second tour only if they specifically volunteered. According to the Pentagon, more than 23,500 Army Guard soldiers have been on more than one deployment.

8 thoughts on “Surge Would Violate Pentagon Policy

  1. Yo, is blogger down?
    I’m experiencing withdrawal symptoms, here.
    TJ, extra spicy pinko commie!

  2. Hey mothra. Glad to know it’s not just me.
    Not that I don’t love holden and athenae and scout and all, but I miss the crack den.
    TJ, extra spicy pinko commie!

  3. Hey! I think they need to reactivate a certain Texas Air National Guard unit and deploy them to Iraq. At least those who never completed the term they committed to…I think dubya has a couple year’s service left?

  4. And yet, has anyone else noticed that the Army Natl Guard is running commercials that emphasize that you will be free to study and learn at home until they need you?
    And is it an accident that the main character is a young african-american appearing lad? (that is, they don’t bother pitching this lame line to Shrub’s troubled family?)
    Specifically, I’ve seen several different commercials. In all of them, a young, African American lad goes to one of his parents (mom in one, dad in another) to say that he’s going to join the Guard to get good training and make something of himself.
    Is it good training? It is the Army.
    And the best part is that I can study and work at home until they need me.
    [Microphone is cut before someone says how quickly they’ll need you]

  5. “Before a buildup was considered, no National Guard brigade combat team was scheduled to deploy to Iraq until 2009, to give the force time to replace personnel and equipment.”
    Oh, so all along, the plan was to be in Iraq, at least until 2009 – lovely! The geniuses in Washington just can’t get it through their fucking cinderblock-like skulls: THERE ARE NO MORE TROOPS LEFT TO SEND! NONE! NADA! ZILCH! – GET IT!!

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