Reserve Callup

Not all reservists going willingly to Iraq and Afghanistan

At the end of the month, the first members of the Army's Individual Ready Reserve  to be called up involuntarily since the Gulf War report for duty. Thirty-eight-hundred have received their orders for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan so far. AP Radio has learned approximately 350 reservists have filed appeals. The head of the Army's Human Resource Command, Colonel Debra Cook, says medical and family problems are the most common reasons. No requests for delays or exemptions have been granted yet. Jon from Illinois is appealing his deployment. His wife is serving in Iraq right now and he doesn't know what to do with the kids. Jon is a Gulf War vet who thought the IRR was a "safe haven" where members were only called up as a last resort. He says, "to me, Iraq is not a last resort situation."