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Recruitment shortages - reservists called up who have suffered heart attacks, hernias, and a breast cancer patient in treatment!!

 
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Recruitment shortages - reservists called up who have suffered heart attacks, hernias, and a breast cancer patient in treatment!!
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Why aren´t the bush twins going instead???

<<snip: "November 11, 2005 · Recruitment shortages have resulted in the Pentagon calling up reservists who are ill or medically unfit. According to the GAO, this includes reservists who have suffered from heart attacks, hernias, and a woman who was four months into chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer."

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Pentagon Calling up Sick Reservists

November 11, 2005
By Gene C. Gerard

Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative unit of Congress, released a report indicating that the Pentagon has been calling up reserve soldiers who are ill or medically unfit to serve. The reservists are serving primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is responsible for managing medical and physical fitness policy and procedures, the report determined that this office has no way to determine if reserve soldiers are fit to serve or have pre-existing medical conditions prior to deployment.

Consequently, the GAO found that the Pentagon couldn´t confirm to the Secretary of Defense or Congress that reserve forces are medically and physically fit when they are called to active duty. Yet under federal law reserve forces are required to have a medical exam every five years and an annual review of their medical status.

The report also found that the Defense Department has not even determined what type of pre-existing medical conditions would preclude a reservist from being called to duty. Consequently, it doesn´t track the pre-existing conditions of reserve soldiers being deployed. According to the surgeon´s office of the commander of the U.S. Central Command "there were many instances of individuals who deployed into Iraq and Afghanistan with conditions for which they should have been considered non-deployable."

Given the recruitment shortages that the armed services currently face, it shouldn´t be surprising that reservists in poor health are being called up. When the 2005 fiscal year ended in September the Army was 7,000 recruits short of its annual goal. This was the largest gap in recruitment since 1979 when the draft was abolished. And it was the first recruitment shortage for the Army since 1999. The Army National Guard and the Army Reserve had even greater recruitment shortages this year.


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Re: Recruitment shortages - reservists called up who have suffered heart attacks, hernias, and a breast cancer patient in treatment!!
Disturbing stuff. along with the numbers of folks not signing up, and the necessity of the DOD to lower the test standards for acceptance.
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