Friday, January 07, 2005

More Bad News for the Guard

As someone who has friends in the Guard and Reserves, it is clear to me that something needs to be done about this. Its one thing to do your two years of active duty to fulfill your obligations if your country needs you. Its another to spend multiple tours in harm's way and serve beyond those two years without any choice in the matter.

The clearest solution is to increase the size of the Army. I always wondered why Bush never issued a call for volunteers post 9/11.

Its apparent that Rumsfeld and many in the DoD do not want to increase the size of the active duty force. However, Rumsfeld has acknowledged the strain this has put on the Guard and Reserves and promised steps to deal with this issue.

Its time to honor that promise, Mr. Secretary.