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US Army to End Forced Tour Extensions

Forcing troops to serve past their enlistment dates has been considered a back-door draft by some.

The AP reports that the Army plans to stop the unpopular practice known as "stop-loss" saving it for extraordinary circumstances only.

Previously the Army argued that stop-loss was crucial to unit cohesion and keeping specially trained soldiers on duty during war.

This yet to be announced change in policy will come as good news to the families of some 13,000 troops currently serving tours beyond their exit dates.


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