Military Force for Relief

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Hi All,

Just read this article in the NYTimes. It struck me as a very good idea. I'm not sure if you can access the link without subscribing (which is free), but here's the link:

Military Force for Relief Efforts

From the article:

Military May Propose an Active-Duty Force for Relief Efforts

By ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER
Published: October 11, 2005
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 - The military's Northern Command is developing a proposal to organize a specially trained and equipped active-duty force that could respond quickly to assist relief efforts in the event of overwhelming natural disasters, like major hurricanes, floods or earthquakes.

The proposal, one of the first results from the military's study of shortcomings in the relief effort after Hurricane Katrina, could resolve significant stumbling blocks to the deployment of active-duty forces into a disaster area on American soil.

I know there are things like the Red Cross, National Guard, etc., but this seems like a really good vocation for someone inclined toward miltary service but for whatever reason not wishing to go into combat (i.e., pacifist, concientious objector).

What do you all think?

lunamoth
 
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