Reserve Post-Deployment Leave

Posted: April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Stars and Stripes reported on a policy the Department of Defense has handed down that will cheat activated Guard and Reserve personnel, as well as active duty personnel, of post-deployment leave they thought they were going to get. According to the article, members of the Minnesota National
Guard now in Kuwait expected to receive at least 21 extra days of leave because of a policy begun by DoD in 2007 that was designed to make up for repeated deployments without adequate dwell time. Members of the Guard and Reserve were supposed to have five years between deployments but because of two wars and not enough uniformed personnel, units have been deploying more frequently. In the case of the Minnesota Guard, they were mobilized for 22 months in Iraq between 2005 and 2007. Then they deployed to Iraq again last summer to assist with the drawdown of U.S. forces. But the Pentagon apparently decided that giving them the extra leave was too expensive so last October DoD changed the policy for all units, regardless of whether they were already deployed. So instead of four days earned leave each month, they only get one.
Members of the Minnesota Congressional delegation have gotten involved and are trying to get the Pentagon to reverse their decision, or at least grandfather in those units that were in the middle of a deployment when the decision to change the policy was put into effect. If this story is accurate, the DoD policy is outrageous and should be changed. It appears to The Retired enlisted Association (TREA) that the only thing the Pentagon is willing to fight for when it comes to personnel and funding is cutting back on as many benefits as it can. First, they’ve been coming after the promised and earned benefits of military retirees. Now they’ve started going after the benefits of those troops on active duty. We know they are cutting back on the end strength of the services, but promising benefits to recruits and then lying to them and taking them away is a poor way to keep an all volunteer force. This is shameful and TREA strongly opposes this policy. [Source: TREA News for the Enlisted 16 Mar 2012 ++]

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