President Trump is actively exercising his power and authority in fighting the coronavirus.
Just yesterday, he signed a massive stimulus bill aimed at relieving American families and businesses from the economic fallout as a result of the pandemic.
Today, the commander-in-chief signed an executive order that creates the possibility of retired active duty military members being recalled into service to directly combat the pandemic.
The order will also allow reserve troops to be called into active service as needed.
Thankfully we have a President who’s not afraid to use the power of the American military!
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday afternoon that could potentially lead to former active duty military members being recalled into service to help with the government’s coronavirus response.
“This will allow to us mobilize medical disaster and emergency response personnel to help wage our battle against the virus by activating thousands of experienced service members including retirees,” Trump told reporters Friday.
The order grants the Defense secretary the authority to order up members, but as of now there is no indication of that happening. Such a call is usually used when the military is in need of specific skill sets.
“Decisions about which individuals may be activated are still being reviewed. Generally, these members will be persons in Headquarters units and persons with high demand medical capabilities whose call-up would not adversely affect their civilian communities,” Jonathan Hoffman, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman, said in a statement late Friday.
“This is a dynamic situation, we do not currently have a projected number of expected activations, but the Department is now fully authorized to make activations as needed,” Hoffman said.
In most cases, after concluding their military obligations, service members will enter into what is known as the Individual Ready Reserve.
At present the Individual Ready Reserve contains 224,841 members, according to the Department of Defense, and nearly 11,000 of those members “have medical capabilities.”
The ready reserve status requires no active participation, leading the vast majority of service members to consider being in that status the same as being out of the military. Most service members are in that designation for a period of years.
There have been a handful of cases in the past where members of this reserve have been called up for active duty — such as during the height of both Iraq wars.
Trump said Friday that “we have a lot of people, retirees. Great, great military people. They’re coming back in, who have offered to support the nation in this extraordinary time of need.”
“And they come back in. They don’t say, ‘How much?’ They don’t say, ‘What are we getting paid?’ They just want to come back in. It’s really an incredible thing to see. It’s beautiful,” he added.
Take a look at what’s circulating with regard to Trump’s executive order:
The Military Times adds:
The Pentagon is reviewing how many National Guard, Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve troops to call up in the fight against coronavirus in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order Friday.
Trump ordered Defense Secretary Mark Esper to call up a yet-to-be-determined number of ready reserve components to help in the country’s response to the fast-spreading pandemic.
“This will allow us to mobilize medical disaster emergency response personnel to help wage our battle against the virus,” Trump said in a Friday evening press conference. “We have a lot of people, retirees, great military people, they're coming back in.”
Trump authorized Esper to order units and members of the National Guard and Reserves and some Individual Ready Reserve members to active duty "to augment forces for the effective response to the coronavirus outbreak,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement emailed to reporters just after midnight.
“Decisions about which individuals may be activated are still being reviewed.”
The troops will mostly consist of units and personnel with high demand medical capabilities whose call-up would not adversely affect their civilian communities, Hoffman said.
Before calling up National Guard Reserve Component units under this executive order, Esper and the Department of Health and Human Services will first consult with state officials.
Trump’s executive order allows for the call-up of up to a million troops for no longer than 24 consecutive months, but Pentagon officials don’t have a projected number of expected activations, Hoffman said, adding that the Defense Department “is now fully authorized to make activations as needed” and “will provide updates as they become available.”