Douglas opposed to change in Guard, Reserve terms

first_imgOfficial Statement of Governor James Douglas on the Proposed Terminationof the Guard and Reserve Two-Year RuleTuesday, January 11, 2005I strongly support the sentiment of Senators Leahy and Bond. It isentirely inappropriate for the Army to eliminate, or in any way increase,the 2-year limitation on Guard and Reserve mobilizations.Based on a set of well defined policies, our Guard and Reserve forces havebeen trained, equipped and prepared to deploy on a moment’s notice.Efforts to extend the 2-year limitation are a great disservice to the menand women who have volunteered to serve and who loyally guard our freedom.Termination of the limitation would fundamentally alter the federalmission of the Guard, hamper recruitment, and dramatically compound thestress of families, friends and employers.I am unalterably opposed to this proposal. These brave men and women, andtheir families, continue to keep their commitment to this nation; thisnation should keep its commitment to them.###last_img

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