Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Reservists bearing more of the load in Iraq.

Apparently, the percentage of soldiers dying in Iraq has risen sharply for National Guard and Reserves units, from 10% when the war started to an average of 36% this year, and 56% over the past few months.

Anyone I know in the military have any idea why this is the case? Are a higher percentage of such units serving in Iraq? Are they serving in a higher percentage near the hot spots? Is this perhaps a way the military is coping with the war... by risking the lives of more of the reservists, while trying to minimize the inevitable disruption that prolonged deployments have to "fulltime" troops? Are they trying to save money, or perhaps increase the motivation for reservists to become regular military, since they're effectively doing the same job anyway? What are your thoughts on the matter?

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