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14 September 2001

Text: Bush Approves Order to Call up to 50,000 U.S. Reservists to Active Duty

(Forces to provide support, homeland defense) (280)
President Bush has approved an order to call to active duty up to
50,000 members of the U.S. National Guard and Reserves to provide port
operations, medical support, engineer support, general civil support
and homeland defense, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
The call-up of reserve forces September 14 is to support active duty
U.S. forces on alert since the September 11 terrorist attacks in New
York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
Following is the text of the Defense Department announcement:
(begin text)
United States Department of Defense
Washington, D.C.
September 14, 2001
PARTIAL MOBILIZATION OF NATIONAL GUARD, RESERVE AUTHORIZED
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has requested and President
Bush has approved an order to call up to 50,000 Reservists to active
duty.
Each service has reviewed its missions and thus far identified
personnel requirements up to 35,000 Reservists as follows: Army,
10,000; Air Force, 13,000; Navy, 3,000; Marines, 7,500; and Coast
Guard, 2,000.
These Reservists are being called upon to provide port operations,
medical support, engineer support, general civil support and homeland
defense.
The Ready Reserve most recently underwent a partial mobilization on
January 18, 1991 for Operation Desert Storm, when 265,322 Guard and
Reserve members were activated.
This partial mobilization demonstrates the vital role of Reserve
forces in our national military strategy. The 1.3 million men and
women who serve in the seven Reserve forces make up nearly one half of
the U.S. armed forces, and are an integral part of our nation's
military.
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(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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