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Bush Declares Emergency, Calls Up Reservists

Friday, 14 September 2001 12:00 AM

Some of that number could be called up within days, said Pentagon spokeswoman Tori Clarke.

About 35,000 have been identified as need so far: the Army will provide 10,000, the Air Force 13,000, the Navy 3,000, the Marine Corps 7,500 and the Coast Guard 2,000.

"Some of our citizens will have to help by trading their work clothes" for military uniforms, said the Pentagon's chief of reserve affairs, Craig Deuhring, at a news conference.

They will be providing air defense, airlift, intelligence support, military police, medical support, logistics, engineering, search and rescue, civil affairs, chaplains and mortuary affairs.

The Coast Guard has already deployed 1,000 reservists to help secure ports. They have high-speed, armed small boats to provide waterside security. The Coast Guard will call up an additional 2,000 in the coming weeks.

Thousands of National Guard and military reserve volunteers have already shown up for work, flying air patrols, refueling missions and acting as military police in Washington and New York City. In New York, 4,600 Guard members have volunteered to help in the recovery effort since Tuesday.

This order allows the Pentagon to press as many as 50,000 into duty for two years. But the number could go as high as 1 million, according to Pentagon officials. If it is to exceed 50,000, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has agreed to first consult with Bush, according to an informal agreement the two have made.

The last time the Ready Reserve underwent partial mobilization was on Jan. 18, 1991, for the Persian Gulf War. At the time, 265,322 Guard and Reserve members were activated.

Under law, these part-time soldiers are guarantied their civilian jobs for five years while they serve in active operations.

The 1.3 million-strong reserve forces make up half the military. They provide many key capabilities, especially mobility and logistics.

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