Monday, October 03, 2005
Santiago v. Rumsfeld: Armed Forces Stop-Loss Order Upheld
After retaining legal counsel to contact the military about his formal separation from the military, Santiago was informed that his estimated termination of service date had changed to December 24, 2031. The appellate court relied on vague language in the contract that basically says that a servicemembers conduct will be governed by many laws, regulations, and many customs that will force a member to do things that a civilian would not do to uphold the stop-loss order. This is a sad day in America because we have effectively instituted a draft for those whose terms of service legally end but the government can ignore the bargain that they made.