Nathaniel Smith of Green Bay, WI, is one of the 3,845 members of the Individual Ready Reserves who have been called up for the Iraq War. Claiming that he is now a conscientious objector, he is also among the half of those who have challenged their orders. (According to one IRR soldier, "Actually they called up 5,400 members of the IRR and we have
collectively fought like hell to avoid mobilization. They recinded many
of the orders and only 3,900 orders are now in effect.")
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, there are 114,000 people in the IRR pool, making it a deep reservoir for more troops as new recruits become harder to bring into the military.
The article also says that of the 1,919 IRR soldiers that have sought delays or exemptions, 1,258 have been successful. Only 85 have been declined while 576 are pending. Will this ratio go down as IRR call-ups increase? Do all IRR soldiers know how to contest their orders, request delays, or declare themselves conscientious objectors?