Marines Plan Involuntary Recall for Middle East Duties

AUGUST 23, 2006 - Posted at 7:26 a.m. CDT

PENTAGON (AP) - The Marines say not enough are volunteering.  So thousands will be recalled involuntarily to active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The call-up affects Marines in the Individual Ready Reserve, a group of reservists who still have time remaining on their eight-year military obligation.

The Corps says its been authorized to call back as many as 2,500 Marines at a time, but there is no limit to how many may be forced back into service over the coming years.

The Army has ordered back about 14,000 soldiers since the start of the Iraq war, but this is the first time the Marines have had to use involuntary recall.

The Corps says about 1,200 Marines are needed immediately to fill positions in imminent deployments.

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