AIR FORCE ORDERS SPECIALISTS TO STAY

Are you an Air Force test pilot, intelligence officer, or anesthesiologist looking to get out of the service? Tough luck. Officers and enlisted men, reservists and active duty airmen in dozens of specialized fields have been ordered to stay -- indefinitely.Polynesian cryptologic linguists, judge advocate officers, flight nurses, historians, ordinance disposal experts, and fire truck repairmen are among those told to stick around until the war on terror has subsided. Individual waivers to the rule will be offered through the Air Force Personnel Center.In January, all Marines were ordered to stay in the service; at least 14,000 people were affected by that command. Last month, the Army said that soldiers involved "in an unspecified operational plan" in the Middle East would also be prevented from leaving.

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