When Sgt. Dave - my son - was discharged from the Army in 2006, we knew there would be the inevitable calls from recruiters. The National Guard. The Active Reserve. And, of course, regular Army recruiters hoping to re-enlist him. Some of these offered pretty large inducement packages, but Sgt. Dave was able to resist the temptation.
After a while, the calls became less frequent, and Sgt. Dave started college on his G.I. Bill. But sometime about a year or so ago, the recruiters started ramping up again. This time, one of their favorite pitches is:
"We can get you a better deal if you sign up now, instead of waiting until you get called up."
Apparently, it is time to put the fear of God into our Iraq vets. The threat of being called back to duty hangs over all of them for ten years, and they are aware of it. Someone somewhere seems to have decided it would be good for recruiting to make it sound as though vets are being called up all over the place, AND YOU MIGHT BE NEXT. I haven't heard of any units being called back to duty against their will, and I strongly suspect our friends in the MSM would not be likely to ignore a story like that. But if any of you out there know something like that is happening, I would appreciate an informative comment.
Now, Sgt. Dave receives at least one call or letter every week from a recruiter. One cute little post card yells "TIME TO REENLIST," and warns him that "failure to act immediately could lead to discharge." He informs me not to worry as long as we don't get the one that says "You are ordered to muster duty."
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
1 Reserve Way
St. Louis Mo 63132-5200
YOU ARE ORDERED TO MUSTER DUTY ........
When your heart slows down a little, you can continue reading. Sgt. Dave is ordered to schedule a one-day visit with Kimberly Underwood, a recruiter, in our local "big city." The purpose of this "muster" is explained in this way:
"At the muster you will: review you Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) participaion requirements, receive an Orientation Handbook, and discuss training opportunities available locally and Army wide." (emphasis mine)
If you know of any other vets who have received this letter, please leave a comment. It would also be nice to hear how they reacted to it. My particular vet did not very much appreciate it.
Ordering these people to attend recruitment lectures is just a little over the top, but to use this particular method of notification is .......just........wrong.