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All military enlistments are for a period of eight years. When a person enlists in the active duty military for a period of time, say four years, he or she  is actually enlisting for eight years of military service, the first four being on active duty. If said enlistee re-enlists for another four years, the contract is actually an eight-year contract, again the first four years being on active duty. If said enlistee does not re-up at the end of his or her four year enlistment, he or she has some options: Active Reserve or National Guard duty which require training for one weekend a month plus two weeks a year, and being available for activation to Active Duty Service; or Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) status, which requires the same availability for activation, but without the ongoing training or training pay. It works similarly for officers and retirees, but I don't know the details.

It is very rare for the IRR to be called up, mainly because they generally make poor soldiers. These are people who decided after fulfilling their active duty commitment that the military was not for them, and they went back to civilian life, often wanting nothing more to do with the military ever. As a result, when the IRR do get called up, it is usually only for under-strength but crucial non-combat roles, such as doctors, lawyers, language experts, and other highly-specialized fields.

Of course, all agreements listed above go out the window if you’re “stop-lossed.” That means you’ll have to stay with your unit for up to another full year or more, depending on the unit’s needs.


Address:
Veterans For Peace
William Ladd Chapter
P.O. Box 10
Deer Isle, ME 04627


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