National Guard readiness eroded by Iraq

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. National Guard units are under-equipped and increasingly unready to help in domestic disaster relief because essential gear is left behind after service in Iraq and Afghanistan, a congressional report said on Thursday.

Heavy demands on the Guard since September 11, 2001, have caused "declining readiness, weakening the Army National Guard's preparedness for future missions," the Government Accountability Office said.

It said the Pentagon's strategy for the Guard was "unsustainable and needs to be reassessed,"

The report said Guard officials believed the response by its units to Hurricane Katrina last month "was more complicated because significant quantities of critical equipment, such as satellite communications equipment, radios, trucks, helicopters and night vision goggles, were deployed to Iraq."


http://today.reuters.com/news/newsA...806Z_01_BAU064089_RTRUKOC_0_US-ARMS-GUARD.xml
 
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PartTimePongo said:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. National Guard units are under-equipped and increasingly unready to help in domestic disaster relief because essential gear is left behind after service in Iraq and Afghanistan, a congressional report said on Thursday.

Heavy demands on the Guard since September 11, 2001, have caused "declining readiness, weakening the Army National Guard's preparedness for future missions," the Government Accountability Office said.

It said the Pentagon's strategy for the Guard was "unsustainable and needs to be reassessed,"

The report said Guard officials believed the response by its units to Hurricane Katrina last month "was more complicated because significant quantities of critical equipment, such as satellite communications equipment, radios, trucks, helicopters and night vision goggles, were deployed to Iraq."


http://today.reuters.com/news/newsA...806Z_01_BAU064089_RTRUKOC_0_US-ARMS-GUARD.xml
There's a pretty good fly-on-the-wall documentary series being run over here in Septicland (on the Discovery Times Channel) about a Coy from the Arkansas Guard (all from the same small town- ominously reminicient of the Pals Bns of WWI) that gets mobilized and deployed to Iraq. The most MODERN truck they took with them was of pre-Vietnam vintage. Some dated back to the 1950s!!! With the fact that they all have 'real' careers/businesses and/or farms to take care of, as well the obvious things like families that regulars have to deal with, I don't know who the hell in their right mind would sign up for the guard/reserves at the moment. They, more than anyone else I think, are being asked to do too much, with too little and insufficent reward.

It seems that, much like our illustrious Defence Procurement Agency, the Pentagon is too busy fussing over bits of new, Gucci kit and forgetting to remember to provide the basics.
 
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It's quite a positive piece of news that, particularly if you're under threat of becoming one of those 'future missions'. Chavez of Venezuela can hopefully sleep easier in his bed and continue to spread real freedom to his people without the inconvenience of having to constantly look over his shoulder - to check that the US 'strings-attached' version isn't about to march uninvited into yet another sovereign state.
 

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