May 1, 2006—Over the past two years, the Pentagon has used more not fewer reservists in the global war on terror. According to a new Congressional Research Service report, the percentage climbed from 17 percent in 2002 to 36 percent last year. However, a look at the cost attributed to activating reservists shows that the Pentagon put more reservists into Afghanistan operations and fewer into Iraq operations from 2004 to 2005. The cost dropped for Iraq from $6.9 billion to $6.1 billion, while it rose for Afghanistan from about $700 million to $1.8 billion. CRS says the Pentagon plans to reduce its dependence on reservists, beginning this year.
Source: Congressional Research Service, “The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11,” April 24, 2006.
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