Tuesday, June 17, 2008

No Mobilization Surge

The first thing I thought when I read this release that showed we had mobilized 115,950 reservists, my first thought was that we'd called up 16,000 troops in one week, since last week's number was 99,159!

But the recent release explained:

DoD will now publish the number of National Guard and Reserve personnel activated in both a voluntarily and involuntarily status, as well as the total of all reservists deactivated since Sept. 11, 2001. Previously, the majority of the reservists who were voluntarily activated for federal service were not counted in the weekly report.

So we are up only 158 over last week. And amazingly enough, a quarter of our mobilized reservists are volunteers for active duty.