Involuntary Military Service Under the Radar

Sarah Lazare, Truthout: "'I felt like I was being robbed of everything,' Matthew Dobbs said over the phone from his home in Houston, Texas. 'I had visions of military police banging down my door and dragging me back to war.' Dobbs, a 26-year-old former soldier who served a tour in Afghanistan from 2003-2004, was recounting a story that has become familiar in the ongoing Global War on Terror. It is the story of a soldier who, after serving a tour overseas and being discharged from active duty, received involuntary orders to redeploy to Iraq or Afghanistan years later."

//www.truthout.org/052109R?n

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Just one more thing, soldier

Common Dreams
by Sarah Lazare

05/25/09

Dobbs, a 26 year-old former soldier who served a tour in Afghanistan from 2003-2004, was recounting a story that has become familiar in the ongoing Global War on Terror. It is the story of a soldier who, after serving a tour overseas and being discharged from Active Duty, received involuntary orders to re-deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan years later. Dobbs was not a victim of stop-loss, the policy of involuntarily extending a GI’s term of service, sometimes after multiple tours in combat zones. This practice has recently garnered widespread negative attention and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates claims that it will be phased out. Rather, Dobbs was a victim of reactivation orders from the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR), a lesser-publicized form of involuntary service that has been fueling troop supply for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...

//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/05/25-4


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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