I always wondered how many reservists have been activated to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. I remember attending an Association of the US Army Luncheon where two top Generals of the US Army Reserves were talking about there plans for how the USA was going to fight the war against the terrorists. They envisioned that the fighting force would NOT be the active Army or service personnel but rather Reservists from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps Reserves. These statistics are of men and women reservists serving in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
As I have researched reports for my Posts on “Fallen But Not Forgotten” I came across the following statistics I find amazing to say the least. IT”S NOT JUST NUMBERS! Take a look at the types of numbers and you will see what I see and am surprised at.
As of June 29, 2010
Total Reservists Activated since 9/11 775,015
Deactivated Reservists since 9/11 653,870
Currently Activated 121,145
Current Activations that are VOLUNTARY 29,791**
Current Activations that are NOT VOLUNTARY 91,354*
** Includes members placed on Active Duty under 10 USC 12301(d) and members categorized as unknown in CTS statute code