Welcome Back to the Front, Soldier

Brown paper envelopes will start arriving this week for 5,600 former soldiers, informing many who thought they had hung up their boots for good that they could be lacing up in Iraq in a matter of months. In a sign of the military's urgent need for personnel as the protracted campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan exhaust U.S. active forces, the Army announced last week that it would draw the extra troops from a rarely used pool of reservists designed for times of national crisis, the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). The Pentagon's decision to order inactive soldiers back to duty is fueling...

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