One point two million. That is the number of “citizen soldiers” serving in the reserves and National Guard. Of those 1.2 million, 400,000 have been mobilized since Sept. 11, 2001.
There are currently 140,000 reservists and National Guardsmen actively serving both in Iraq and around the globe in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. These 140,000 reservists make up 40 percent of the U.S. forces in Iraq, and it is projected by defense officials that by the spring of 2005, 55 percent of the troops supporting operations in Iraq will be activated reservists. Many of these reservists have been mobilized for 18 months or more.
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