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President approves partial mobilization of forces

09/14/01 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has requested, and President Bush has approved, an order to call up to 50,000 reservists for active duty.

Each service has reviewed its missions and thus far identified personnel requirements for 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 last time the Ready Reserve underwent a partial mobilization was Jan. 18, 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, when 265,322 Guard and Reserve people were activated.

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.

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