THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S STOP LOSS PROGRAM - Radioactivity

06/08/04

Our guest was Andrew Exum, an Army combat veteran in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon's 'stop-loss' policy is a breach of trust" writes Andrew Exum in June 2 New York Times. (pg. A-19). "For enlisted soldiers who sign on with the Army for a predetermined period of service in lieu of commissions, stop-loss is a gross breach of contract". The stop-loss policy, authorized by President Bush, allows commanders to hold soldiers past the date they are due to leave the service if their unit is scheduled to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Through stop-loss, these soldiers (who have usually already been in combat areas) can be kept legally past their agreed-upon time in the service -- and the Pentagon and the administration know that this will not receive nearly as much negative publicity as reinstating the draft. Exum is the author of THIS MAN'S ARMY (Gotham).

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