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seenbad
09.13.01, 11:23 PM
By Bradley Graham
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 13, 2001; 6:32 PM


The Pentagon plans to call several thousand reservists to active duty in the next few days in what defense officials said today would likely mark the start of a much larger military mobilization in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist strikes.

The initial call-up will focus on reservists with "specialized skills," according to a senior military official. He said many of the extra personnel were necessary to support combat air patrols over major metropolitan areas instituted this week. They will fill out the ranks of pilots, aviation maintenance crews and air traffic controllers. The Pentagon has the authorization to call about 40,000 reservists, the official said.

State authorities already have enlisted about 10,000 National Guard troops to assist in civilian recovery efforts in Washington and New York.

But the Pentagon move represents the first significant federal call-up. And because major U.S. military actions almost invariably require reservists to supplement regular troops, Pentagon estimates of the number of reservists likely to be summoned in the weeks ahead range in the tens of thousands.

As President Bush and his top national security aides were reported reviewing retaliatory options, several high-ranking Pentagon officers said today they expected the U.S. military response this time would be far more aggressive and require a larger force than the limited attacks that have characterized past American reactions to terrorist attacks.

"Things are different this time," one senior officer said. "For starters, the scale of the attack was greater. And for another, I don't think the American people expect a light response."

One factor restraining previous military actions was an emphasis on zero casualties, which has tended to constrain the Pentagon from employing ground troops and has led to a reliance on sea- or air-launched cruise missiles. Following the 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa, the United States launched cruise missiles against sites in Afghanistan and Sudan thought to have ties to Osama bin laden. But the attacks were criticized as largely ineffectual.

This time, military officials said, Bush and his advisers appear ready to consider the use of ground troops, particularly special forces. More generally, they said administration officials are inclined to give greater weight to employing military force rather than treating the matter largely as a police action marked by lengthy investigations and prolonged trials.

"If you regard what happened as an act of war, as the president has said, your standard of application for what you do about it is different," said a four-star officer.

At the same time, military officials knowledgeable about the extent of Pentagon preparations characterized the planning as still in the early stage. They said no specific targets had been selected and no forces yet earmarked for action.

"It's really embryonic at this point," the four-star officer said.

NE169
09.14.01, 09:01 AM
The insensitive bossman had asked me if I was still active in the Reserves, almost in a joking manner! I grumbled I was inactive, and that I was discharged last year. It's disgusting to have to listen to his shit on top of all that's happened! He's the kind that in a sick way, actually seems to get off on disasters! smilies/mad.gif I wanted to activate my size-11 steel-toed boot and direct it up his ass!

seen (& anybody else), are you still eligible to be recalled?

Wolfman
09.14.01, 10:58 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by NE169:

seen (& anybody else), are you still eligible to be recalled?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I was curious about this myself - anyone?

BTW - NE169 - Activate the boot, it's justified. smilies/wink.gif

seenbad
09.14.01, 06:21 PM
Yeah, I'm eligible still, I believe. A few rungs down on the priority list by now (reserves, guard, etc..) but I think you are on inactive for six years after discharge. Not sure. Doesnt matter, if they call, I'm there.

LA
09.14.01, 06:54 PM
NE169, get out that boot. Sounds like he could use it more then once...