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    if I were General Grass I would tell the AGs that until they get on board with the LAW not one person from the offending state would be put on any kind of extended orders.  

    On any given day between 5 and 20K National Guard folks are on active orders.  That means full time pay and benefits.  It also means earning time toward a "good year" much faster.  You need those to retire.  Without the prospect of occasional active orders you will see membership in the Guard plummet.  The economic impact on the states is potentially huge.

    Take it a step further - 3 years of purgatory for all of the officers from those states.  The way guard promotions work is that your state promotes you and then you have to get federal recognition for that promotion.  If you dont get federally recognized you cant wear that rank outside of your state.  For career guard guys, that would be crippling.  And I would point out to them that there is nothing to indicate the next President will be any more accommodating.  They could be staring at seven plus years minimum.  By then a State Guard Colonel might only be a federal Major.  If we had a major conflict that required that state guard unit to be deployed the entire Chain of Command would be replaced by Active Duty officers in the correct grade.  The Active Army maintains multiple Division staffs just for this eventuality.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 07:20:25 AM PDT

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