How do Marines see reservists on active duty

Forced recruits for Iraq anger US Marines

President George W. Bush leaves no room for doubt. As long as he is president, withdrawing from Iraq is out of the question. That is why he is ready to resort to unpopular means. Due to an acute shortage of volunteers, 2,500 reservists from the "US Marines" have to reckon with an order for operations in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Marines of the "Kilo Company" in Haditha (archive photos)

Without break

One of them is Captain of the Reserve, Captain Seth Molton. Like many, he is anything but enthusiastic about the impending deployment order: "Since I left the active reserve, I've already received several calls asking whether I would like to voluntarily commit myself to another Iraq deployment. But I have declined because I am currently qualifying myself further. In addition, I have spent a total of two years in Iraq in the last three years. I thought I deserved a break now.

Typically, US Army reservists sign up for four years of active military service. Then they return to their civilian life and form an inactive reserve that is actually only reactivated in emergencies, especially during disaster operations. "This system was created for emergency situations and not for times when we have too few troops for an ongoing conflict," says Molton.

Criticism with his decision: President Bush (during a conference at the White House - archive photo)

Not up to the challenge

Since 2004, however, the US Army has made more frequent use of the pool of almost 60,000 reservists from all branches of service. The US Marines are affected for the first time.

Democratic Party politicians criticized the mobilization of the reservists. Senator Jack Reed, a member of the Senate Defense Committee, said the order shows how overused the US Army is now.