Army moves to oust no-show reservists

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Army took initial steps Monday to expel dozens of reservists who failed to report for active duty, in effect warning hundreds of others that they too could be penalized if they don’t heed orders to return to active service. The proceedings mark a turning point in the Army’s struggle to deploy thousands of soldiers from the Individual Ready Reserve, a rarely mobilized group of reservists, to war zones in which some have resisted serving. These are soldiers who had previously served on active duty but had not completed their eight-year service obligation. Unlike those in the National Guard or Army Reserve, they are not required to stay in training. Many have requested a delay in returning to service, have asked to be exempted or have ignored their orders. The Army began mobilizing them in the summer of 2004, reflecting the enormous strain it felt in providing enough soldiers for Iraq at a time when it was becoming apparent that no early withdrawal was likely. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Since mid-2004, more than 5,700 IRR soldiers have been issued mobilization orders, while an additional 1,600 were excused from duty. Of those soldiers who were sent orders, 3,954 reported for duty as of Dec. 11, while at least 1,283 others have asked for a delay or are in some stage of negotiations as to their call-up, the Army said. There are 463 IRR soldiers, who had been sent orders but have not reported, including 80 who now face discharge and 383 who have yet to be located. The Army announced that the 80 soldiers will face review panels, known as separation boards, although the number could grow if more are located. If the panels conclude that they intentionally did not obey a mobilization order, they would face one of three levels of discharge from the service: honorable, general or other-than-honorable. They do not face criminal charges. last_img read more