Friday, March 26, 2010

THE READY RESERVE CORPS-Is this Obama's new citizen army?

The Obama-Care bill that is about to become law of the land includes the establishment of the Ready Reserve Corps. What is that you ask, well I'm not sure. I do know we already have a Ready Reserve Force that that was created in 1976 as a subset of the Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve (NDRF). This force supports rapid world wide deployment of the US military and was called upon to provide humanitarian relief after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Rita in 2006.

The bill is rather vague about the mission of the new Ready Reserve Corps (CORPSE in Obama speak) and I'm not sure if that was intentional or not, I will let you be the judge. President Obama did call for some sort of Citizen National Security Force during the campaign and I don't know if this is the spawn of that or not. What I do know is this, the Ready Reserve Corps needs to be explained to the American public as well as their mission. I'm not going to throw out some sort of conspiracy theory and accuse Obama of creating his own little jack booted Interior force, but without some sort of explanation he runs that risk.

Here is the text in the bill that creates the Ready Reserve Corps-

SEC. 430. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS. Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows: SEC. 203. COMMISSIONED CORPS AND READY RESERVE CORPS. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.— (1) IN GENERAL.—There shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency. (2) REQUIREMENT.—All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act of 1923, as amended. (3) APPOINTMENT.—Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. (4) ACTIVE DUTY.—Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the purpose of training. (5) WARRANT OFFICERS.—Warrant officers may be appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service and any warrant officer appointed to the Service shall be considered for purposes of this Act and title 37, United States Code, to be a commissioned officer within the Commissioned Corps of the Service. (b) ASSIMILATING RESERVE CORP OFFICERS INTO THE REGULAR CORPS.—Effective on the date of enactment of the Affordable Health Choices Act, all individuals classified as officers in the Reserve Corps under this section (as such section existed on the day before the date of enactment of such Act) and serving on active duty shall be deemed to be commissioned officers of the Regular Corps. (c) PURPOSE AND USE OF READY RESERVE.— (1) PURPOSE.—The purpose of the Ready Reserve Corps is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned Corps personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed service’s reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions. (2) USES.—The Ready Reserve Corps shall— (A) participate in routine training to meet the general and specific needs of the Commissioned Corps; (B) be available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel; (C) be available for backfilling critical positions left vacant during deployment of active duty Commissioned Corps members, as well as for deployment to respond to public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and (D) be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities (as defined in section 399SS) to improve access to health services. (d) FUNDING.—For the purpose of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commissioned Corps under this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to the Office of the Surgeon General for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Funds appropriated under this subsection shall be used for recruitment and training of Commissioned Corps Officers.

I wrote Congressman Neugebauer and asked if he knew anything about this clause or if he knew what the mission of this new force would be, but I haven't had a response as of yet. I would encourage you to contact your Representatives as well so we can get some answers that will help us understand the need of the Ready Reserve Corps.

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