I Hope They Call Me On a . . . National Guard Mobilization?

From junior companion to squad leader. From 6 a.m. scripture study to 6 a.m. reveille. From a demanding zone leader to an even more demanding sergeant.

Talk about a transfer to a new area. Welcome to active duty, Elders. Your National Guard units have been called up. Have a safe trip.

10 comments for “I Hope They Call Me On a . . . National Guard Mobilization?

  1. June 30, 2004 at 1:25 am

    This happened in the Gulf War I as well, didn’t it? I seem to recall a few people getting called up like that. Perhaps I’m not remembering things straight though.

  2. lyle
    June 30, 2004 at 6:40 am

    Yes, Elder Moroni, you too can now live up to the proud theological heritage of the Plan of Salvation. Once you fought in the War in HEaven; now you get to fight in a mortal war to ensure that _all_ of Father’s children can exercise their agency. And if your journey is through…all is well, all is well.

  3. Adam Greenwood
    June 30, 2004 at 10:21 am

    God bless.
    Lyle, when’s your time?

  4. catherine
    June 30, 2004 at 1:43 pm

    The comments linked to the article in the Herald are also quite telling.

  5. lyle
    June 30, 2004 at 6:35 pm

    Catherine: I can’t tell if your are leaking sarcasm; or what the point of your comment was. However, I agree..the comments in the news are fairly strong…and so very ignorant at worst, uninformed at best.

    I AM IN THE NATIONAL GUARD (enlisted in Utah, currently in NJ).

    The intial term of enlistment is 6 years + 2 in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR). While in the IRR, you are on a list. You do _NOT_ drill nor receive pay. You are just on the list _in case_ the country needs you & they know you are trained.

    LDS missionaries who join the National Guard before going on a mission are put into the IRR while they are serving missions; hence they are not “getting out” of service. Because there are so many LDS in Utah, the Utah Army National Guard (a state entity) has a set policy allowing the 2 year religious service to be the IRR service. Other states also allow this. There is _NO_ favoritism in this. Grow up folks.

    The U.S. rarely uses the IRR. They have just decided to. Hence, _some_ LDS missionaries are being called up.

    Adam: No news. I wasn’t chosen to deploy with the rest of my unit because I do not have a security clearance as of yet; nor am I MOS (that is skill training, i.e. for me…radio operator) qualified yet either. Hence…they are still deciding whther to rush my training & send me, or re-assign me to another unit & stay state-side to do homeland security assignments.

  6. Bob
    June 30, 2004 at 11:17 pm

    Lyle: Are you saying the Plan of Salvation includes Wars of Liberation?

  7. lyle
    July 1, 2004 at 11:41 am

    Bob: Yup. Def. You don’t? Seems like a fairly non-controversial assumption to me. Unless the American Revolutionary War _was not_ part of the Plan of Salvation…Restoration of the Gospel?

    Regardless: I presented the facts of the 2 year IRR service that serve to rebut the cluelessness of too many non-military folks & their eagerness to put those they disagree with under the rhetorical knife…

  8. Bob
    July 1, 2004 at 12:59 pm

    Lyle: I do disagree, but I do not seek a fight. I hope your second line was not directed at me. In 1966, I served a mission as IRR (USMCR).

  9. lyle
    July 1, 2004 at 1:04 pm

    No Bob…the 2nd line was def. not directed at you. As a marine, you are a real soldier…not a national guard puke like me :)

    Sorry for the lack of specifics. It was more directed at Kaimi’s implicit criticism & Catherine’s explicit endorsement of the implicit criticism in the comments (unless she cares to correct me and/or her comment).

  10. catherine
    July 1, 2004 at 1:38 pm

    Lyle – There are at least three perspectives represented in the comments…which did you assume I was endorsing? My comment was merely to draw attention to the comments which, I feel, tell as interesting a story as the actual article.

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