Originally Posted by Essayons89
[...]Did you mean enlisting or deploying instead of drafting? The draft ended in 1973. [...]
Just a few words about the Army National Guard. One of the roles of the National Guard is to augment the regular military during times of war. During WWII there were a total of 18 National Guard divisions deployed overseas, many of which were also previously deployed to Europe in WWI. The National Guard also served in Korea. As far as I know they didn't deploy to Vietnam. With the major reduction in force that has been going on since the end of Desert Storm there has been and will continue to be a greater dependency on both the Guard and Reserves to provide combat troops and logistical support to the regular active duty forces.
No, I meant drafting. 'when they are', as in, when they used to and presumably when they start again.
Far as I know, the war is over. At least according to the guy running it. Yes, one of their roles is to augment the military during war. But their main role is not, and they're being sent overseas to the point they can't do what they really are meant to do. Such as disaster response after Hurricane Katrina, etc etc.
This doesn't change the fact that he is a reservist, and it's not his fault that the military seems to have decided there's no distinction. He signed up before 9/11 and volunteered to be on active duty after it. Thinking back a little, you'd never have thought that in 2007 we would be mostly at peace in the world but for some reason stuck in a quagmire in a country unrelated to terrorism. I know he said he doesn't disagree with the war, but.
As for how long he's been over there. If the four deployments were spaced out over the past 6 years, that's a pretty serious disruption of 6 years of his life, and the sacrifices he made were undoubtedly not minor for the entire time.