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  •  This is a good description of stop loss. (none)
    I'm not saying that having to institute stop loss is a good thing and I agree that it serves as a "back door draft."  In fact, it points to managerial problems in the higher (read this as civilian leadership) echelons of DoD.  It would be great if we never had to use it, but it is a very much needed requirement if you plan on retaining an all volunteer force and meeting national security requirements.

    Eliminating stop loss would certainly make the military personnel being impacted by it happy.  It would also cause a major manning problem for the military that would inevitably lead to a new draft.  A draft would be bad for the military, as the quality of troops would decline.  Monetary incentives for military personnel would also significantly decline, as a mandatory draft would be feeding the recruitment lines.

    Politically speaking, this would be a disaster for whichever party initiated it.  If the Democrats managed to pass legislation that would put an end to stop loss (I don't think they can...they couldn't even protect Soldiers from the new bankruptcy law) the Republicans would gleefully point at them as the cause for needing a new military draft.  The Dems could kiss any Congressional gains good-bye.

    So...is the stop loss policy idiotic?  I don't think so.  It's needed to maintain a stable force during long-term armed conflicts.  What I think is idiotic is the misleading rhetoric and poor military planning that got us where we are at in Iraq.  Just because an administration has misused a policy doesn't mean that the policy is bad.

    By the way, I was also affected by stop loss and ended up delaying my retirement for 18 months.

    "...without a Respectable Navy, Alas America!" - John Paul Jones

    by Peace Monger on Thu Apr 21, 2005 at 05:16:37 AM PDT

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    •  eliminating stop loss will increase pay and (none)
      I disagree with your analysis that limiting stop-loss will inevitably lead to a draft.

      It will result in higher pay in the short-term.

      And it will put pressure on the Neo Cons to give up their dream of making Iraq a military outpost. We could pull out of Iraq at any time if the Neo Cons gave this up.

      Bloggin Blagojevich's Blunders: do you want to see Roddy B challenged in the Dem Primary?

      by Carl Nyberg on Thu Apr 21, 2005 at 06:03:09 AM PDT

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