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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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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Lauren was referring to the people who signed those contracts, not specifically to you. They sign a contract saying they will serve for this many years, at the President's discretion. If the President says you need to go to Japan, there you go. If he says you need to go somewhere and stay for a few years. That's your job.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
No, my comment said I wasn't in the military because Lauren said THE CONTRACT YOU SIGNED talking directly to me since I said that was sneaky. Okay maybe sneaky wasn't the best word but I think we should write into the contracts exactly how much time troops are going to spend there.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont think genesis gets it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont think genesis gets it.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
genesis, are you in the military?
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
good news.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
good news.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
The people who are getting forced out of the Navy basically deserve to get forced out. My sister stupidly failed her PT test AGAIN and they've had enough. Why would they want someone who fails to meet standards to re-enlist?
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Wait a minute- I didn't sign a contract, I'm not in the army and secondly it is sneaky to tell someone you might serve to this date...or not. You can't tell me that's being straightforward.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
The contract says your service can be INVOLUNTARILY extended. Our army is a group of volunteers, taking that away from them IS a backdoor draft and complete BS for soldiers who have served their country. The policy lowers morale.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Probably has something to do with the higher recruitment rates. The navy is at the point where they are not even going to offer reenlistment to some, basically forcing them out.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I'm glad they're putting a stop to this practice. Maybe it has something to do with the scarily increasing rate of suicide this past year.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
it was never sneaky, the "stoploss" policy was in the CONTRACT YOU SIGNED :oy:
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Good, you sign up for a certain amount of time you should only serve that amount of time. Forcing people to stay longer always seemed sneaky to me.
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