Home
Benefits
News
entertainment
shop
finance
careers
education
join military
community
 
Search for Military News:  
Headlines News Home | Video News | Early Brief | Forum | Passdown | Discussions | Benefit Updates | Defense Tech
Stop Loss For Troops Is Official
By Lisa Burgess
Stars and Stripes
European Edition

January 10, 2004

ARLINGTON, Va. The Army issued a formal stop-loss/stop-movement order Thursday that affects all active duty soldiers currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Stop-loss restrictions prevent servicemembers from retiring or leaving the service at their scheduled time, while stop movements prevent permanent changes of station (PCS) moves.

The stop loss/stop movement the Army's third such order since war in Iraq became imminent in January was first reported Friday in the Los Angeles Times. An Army official told Stripes on Monday that the official order would be posted as early as this week, as soon as members of Congress had been notified of the planned action.

In fact, Acting Secretary of the Army Les Brownlee approved the order on Jan. 2, according to the official message. But the all-important "implementation guidance" that tells commanders precisely how the stop loss/stop movement will work was not posted on the Army's personnel Web site until Thursday.

The stop loss includes all active-duty soldiers currently in Iraq, or "Operation Iraqi Freedom 1," (OIF1) as Pentagon leaders call the rotation, as well as all active soldiers in Afghanistan who are assigned to "Operation Enduring Freedom 4," (OEF4) the current rotation in that country.

Like previous unit stop loss/stop movements, the order is in effect for 90 days after a unit redeploys to its home station.

The new order, which is being characterized as an "expansion" of past stop losses, will "ensure personnel losses from the deployed [forces in Iraq and Afghanistan] caused by separations and PCS do not adversely affect force readiness and combat capability," the message said.

Active soldiers who have already been under one of the Army's previous stop losses, whether the unit stop loss imposed Feb. 3 and lifted May 3 or the 12-month, skills-based stop loss lifted in November, are also affected by this new order, the message said.

The new stop loss also "provides equity between components," the message said a sensitive subject for Army reserve and National Guard members, who have been under stop-loss/stop-movement provisions since last January.

All soldiers involved in the next rounds of deployments for Iraq (OIF2) and Afghanistan (OEF5), both active and reserves, already are under stop-loss/stop-move orders, which were issued Nov. 13.

To read the entire text of the stop-loss/stop-movement message, go to https://www.perscomonline.army.mil/index2.asp and click on MILPER msg 04-053.

Sound Off.....Do you think 90 days makes any difference on whether a person will re-enlist? Join the discussion.

Stars & Stripes

This article is provided courtesy of Stars & Stripes, which got its start as a newspaper for Union troops during the Civil War, and has been published continuously since 1942 in Europe and 1945 in the Pacific. Stripes reporters have been in the field with American soldiers, sailors and airmen in World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Bosnia and Kosovo, and are now on assignment in the Middle East.

Stars and Stripes has one of the widest distribution ranges of any newspaper in the world. Between the Pacific and European editions, Stars & Stripes services over 50 countries where there are bases, posts, service members, ships, or embassies.

Related Links:

Current Archive

Stars & Stripes Website

Hot Discussions

Have an opinion on the issues discussed in this article? Sound off.





Copyright 2004 Stars and Stripes. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Sound Off...What do you think? Join the discussion.

Copyright 2015 . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


 


Search for Military News:  

© 2015 Military Advantage
A Monster Company.