An issue that is often sited by the left is the activation of IRR (Inividual Ready Reserves) soldiers. These are soldiers that have done a active tour and left with time remaining on their total obligation. When someone enlist they incur an eight year obligation. This is spelled out clearly and I’ve never met anyone that didn’t know this. Of course there are very dumb people out there that don’t listen when signing a long term commitment like enlisting.
So the issue is if someone has completed their initial enlistment for active duty and move to the IRR should they really have to show up if activated? Yes they do, but is it wise to have an IRR? I can’t defend someone who refuses to show up when they agreed to the commitment. But I don’t think it’s a very good idea to use this tool that is basically a draft for those who have already served.
There are advantages to IRR soldiers. They are already trained. They know the system and what to expect. They have also already served their country and dragging them from a new career and life they have created outside of the military probably doesn’t create great motivation.
I don’t like the IRR concept. Just as I don’t like a draft. I want completely willing soldiers next to me in battle not someone angry or distracted.
I do think that for IRR soldiers it should be simplified to get back in if they desire. Believe it or not many don’t come back due to the disdain for the MEP (Military Entrance Processing Station) system which is a mess. I personally wouldn’t go through MEPs again for any reason.
For prior service personnel MEPS is a test in anger management. I’d fail these days.