Stop-loss won't stop anytime soon
From the Army Times:
Last year’s surge of five combat brigades into Iraq helped drive a 43-percent increase in soldiers being barred from leaving the service under stop-loss orders, and Army leaders predict the policy will remain in place at least through next year. However, they expressed optimism that the numbers will ebb as surge forces redeploy.
More than 12,230 soldiers are under stop-loss orders, compared to 8,540 in May 2007, during the surge. But the 30,000 combat troops that were part of the surge are in the process of coming home, and the Army is returning to 12-month deployments Aug. 1. Because soldiers are placed under stop-loss as members of deploying units, reducing the numbers sent to war reduces the numbers involuntarily held.
OYE Comment: With so many College and Young Republicans eligible to serve, it is pathetic that these soldiers have to continue to go beyond their original commitment to Our Country. These soldiers have done their part, it's well past the time for the cheerleaders to get in the game.