(AP) - The Army will prevent soldiers in units set to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan from leaving the service at the end of their terms, a top general said Wednesday.

The announcement, an expansion of an Army program called "stop-loss," means that thousands of soldiers who had expected to retire or otherwise leave the military will have to stay on for the duration of their deployment to those combat zones.

"The announcement comes as the Army is struggling to find fresh units to continue the occupation of Iraq."

iJun022004 For Some Soldiers the War Never Ends

Published: June 2, 2004

"These soldiers are falling victim to the military's "stop-loss" policy and as a former officer who led some of them in battle, I find their treatment shameful. Announced shortly after the 9/11 attacks and authorized by President Bush,"

.. Couldn't all this Iraq/Bush/Terrorism
shit that's been posted EVERY SINGLE DAY lately(in what would amount to flooding on any moderated message board)be put on one goddamn page?! Jesus fucking christ on a pogo stick, i'm sick of reading it!! You really need to get yourself one of those online journals or something... :[
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WASHINGTON - Thousands of soldiers who had expected to retire or otherwise leave the military will be required to stay if their units are ordered to Iraq or Afghanistan...

kx21 * AQ Spice *

What is the appropriate_relationship of "stop-loss" program and

Happy exploring & have a good day...
iJun032004 A grunt's eye view of war

Tedium and tension for U.S. unit dug in around Karbala

June 03, 2004

Bravo 1-36 of the 1st Armored Division-

Because its the most experienced division in Iraq, the 1st Armored was rewarded with three more months in the combat zone.

Jun032004 Kerry: Bush Has Created 'Backdoor Draft'

15 minutes ago

Kerry said the Pentagon's expansion of the "stop-loss" program a device that prevents military personnel from leaving when their time is up may have increased U.S. forces by 30,000 troops.

"But this has happened on the backs of the men and women who've already fulfilled their obligation to the armed forces and to our country and it runs counter to the traditions of an all-volunteer Army,"

iJun062004 Wars put strain on National Guard

12:42 a.m. ET June 06, 2004

Blair, who piloted a medical evacuation helicopter in the Vietnam War, said he informed the Pentagon's National Guard Bureau two weeks ago that "before you call us again, you've got to know that we are at our limit."

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52 minutes ago Army Recalling Thousands Who Left Service


WASHINGTON - Digging deeper for help in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is recalling to active duty about 5,600 people who recently left the service and still have a reserve obligation.
7 July 2004 Lawmakers: Reserves Stretched to Limit

2 hours, 30 minutes ago


WASHINGTON - In a bipartisan show of concern that the military is dangerously overworked, lawmakers said Wednesday the Pentagon is stretching troops to their limit and perhaps undermining the nation's future force.
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a sign of failure

Tue Jul 20, 6:20 PM ET


WASHINGTON - Just when the U.S. military needs them most, senior Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other elite forces are leaving..
$12B Shortfall http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040721/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/defense_spending&e=4

Pentagon Faces Estimated

Wed Jul 21, 6:37 PM ET
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