More Reservists Called to War

September 29, 2003

On September 26, the Pentagon activated another 10,000 National Guard troops and put 5,000 more on alert status.

The newly activated troops will receive 3 months training before being deployed in Iraq for 12 months of combat duty. Already 20,000 National Guard and Reserve troops are stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq along with more than 130,000 regular U.S. soldiers.

This call-up comes just two weeks after George Bush announced plans for escalating the war in Iraq saying that the U.S. is involved in a "lengthy war" which will "take time and require sacrifice."

In announcing the call-up, the Pentagon also said that more National Guard soldiers and full-time troops may be called up in the near future.