Short of Time This Morning

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 16 Nov 2004 13:00:00 GMT
# Dennis Roddy at The Pittsburgh Post Gazette - The Army's long arm - think you've worked off your commitment to the armed services? Think again. [lrtdiscuss]
Three years after he was honorably discharged from the Army, Frederick Pistorius was surprised to learn he was a deserter.

But there it was, on his doorstep: a letter from Barry W. Kimmons, Deputy Chief, Deserter Information Point Extension Office of the Army Reserve Personnel Command.

"On 12 July 2004 you were involuntarily mobilized to active duty in the United States Army," the letter says. "To date you have not reported to your mobilization station as required by your orders." Possibly Pistorius had not responded for two reasons. The Pistorius family had moved from the address in Sharon, Pa., to which the Army had sent its first letter. More saliently, having served honorably in not one but two branches of the U.S. military, with no additional obligation showing on his discharge papers, Pistorius would have had no reason to think he was subject to anything but his civilian job at a local steel plant.

# Stan Goff at From the Wilderness - The Privilege of Running Free Deficits Belongs To One Nation Alone" - I only skimmed this, but it looks worthwhile. [smith2004]

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