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Obama cancels "stop loss"





handfleisch
Stop-loss was a national disgrace used by Bush to force soldiers to stay in his disastrous war in Iraq. It's hard to believe that conservatives who make a big deal of supposedly supporting soldiers would screw them this way. In keeping this promise, Obama has done a very good deed for those who serve in the military.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/144/end-the-stop-loss-program-of-forcing-troops-to-s/
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"Stop-loss" stopped in early 2011

Updated: Friday, November 4th, 2011 | By Louis Jacobson

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to take several steps to ease fatigue among military service members, both active and reserve, after years of frequent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One of those steps, specifically targeted at Reserve and National Guard members, was to "end the 'stop-loss' program of forcing troops to stay in service beyond their expected commitments."

Ending the stop-loss policy was initially set in motion under President George W. Bush and has been carried out by both Bush and Obama. In March 2009, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the policy would be phased out by early 2011.

And on June 15, 2011, Gates told a Senate subcommittee that stop-loss had indeed ended.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/opinion/22sun2.html
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Stopping ‘Stop-Loss’

The men and women who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan have made many sacrifices over the last seven years, including repeated and extended combat deployments. So it is very good news that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to phase out the deeply unpopular stop-loss program, which forces soldiers to remain in the military after their enlistments end.

An estimated 120,000 troops have been affected since 2001, including 13,000 who are still prevented from exiting the service. It is hard to argue with critics who deride the program as a back-door draft. But then, the all-volunteer military was never designed to be abused as it was during the Bush administration: indefinitely deployed and in permanent crisis mode.

Mr. Gates seemed appropriately contrite when he told reporters that holding so many soldiers against their will was “breaking faith.” He was right.
jmi256
handfleisch wrote:
Stop-loss was a national disgrace used by Bush to force soldiers to stay in his disastrous war in Iraq. It's hard to believe that conservatives who make a big deal of supposedly supporting soldiers would screw them this way. In keeping this promise, Obama has done a very good deed for those who serve in the military.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/144/end-the-stop-loss-program-of-forcing-troops-to-s/
Quote:
"Stop-loss" stopped in early 2011

Updated: Friday, November 4th, 2011 | By Louis Jacobson

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to take several steps to ease fatigue among military service members, both active and reserve, after years of frequent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One of those steps, specifically targeted at Reserve and National Guard members, was to "end the 'stop-loss' program of forcing troops to stay in service beyond their expected commitments."

Ending the stop-loss policy was initially set in motion under President George W. Bush and has been carried out by both Bush and Obama. In March 2009, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the policy would be phased out by early 2011.

And on June 15, 2011, Gates told a Senate subcommittee that stop-loss had indeed ended.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/opinion/22sun2.html
Quote:

Stopping ‘Stop-Loss’

The men and women who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan have made many sacrifices over the last seven years, including repeated and extended combat deployments. So it is very good news that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to phase out the deeply unpopular stop-loss program, which forces soldiers to remain in the military after their enlistments end.

An estimated 120,000 troops have been affected since 2001, including 13,000 who are still prevented from exiting the service. It is hard to argue with critics who deride the program as a back-door draft. But then, the all-volunteer military was never designed to be abused as it was during the Bush administration: indefinitely deployed and in permanent crisis mode.

Mr. Gates seemed appropriately contrite when he told reporters that holding so many soldiers against their will was “breaking faith.” He was right.



I am very happy that Obama has stopped this practice. I never agreed with it, and thought it was dishonest to keep servicemen after their contract expired. While the initial contract was entered into with good faith, the government has no right to hijack an individual's freedom for its own use, whether it be his time and life for military service, his labor and sweat to pay for pet projects and handouts, or his possessions and earnings to satisfy campaign contributors and potential voters.
ocalhoun
I'm not entirely sure about the other branches, but the Air Force is currently trying to decrease its numbers.

If that's the case military-wide, I'd suspect that ending stop-loss is more of a perfunctory practical matter than any morally-guided action. -- That it's being ended because it's not needed anymore, rather than for any concern for those affected by it.

If the military becomes desperate for recruits again, I suspect it will be re-instituted... perhaps with a different name and slightly different rules.
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