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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy plans to mobilize 6,000 to 6,300 reservists over the next 12 months, many of whom will go downrange, said Capt. David J. Wray.

Wray, a spokesman for Vice Adm. John Cotton, head of the Navy Reserve, said he did not have exact figures for how many reservists are expected to go downrange, but typically about 80 percent of mobilized Navy reservists go to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility, and the majority of those go to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Most of the reservists to be called up will come from a pool of about 27,000 reservists who have yet to be deployed and are ready to be mobilized, he said.

But some reservists already deployed are expected to volunteer to extend their tours or go back for another deployment, he said.

While most of the reservists to be called up live in the United States, a small number of such reservists live abroad, Wray said.

The Navy has not yet determined which reservists living outside the United States will be called up, he said.

“Individuals have not yet been identified — this will happen as the expected COCOM [Combatant Commanders] requirements are received and commands seek particular skill-sets or ratings, based on the requirements,” Wray said in a Monday e-mail to Stars and Stripes.

The Navy plans to call up to 9,300 reservists to get the numbers it needs for this fiscal year because some reservists cannot be deployed, Wray said.

“Some may have had a change in circumstances (injury, illness, not physically fit, key personnel for their civilian organization, or interest in a later deployment to meet family needs, etc.), or be nearing retirement,” he said.

For fiscal 2006, the Navy called about 7,200 sailors to get the 6,300 it needed, meaning about 12.5 percent of sailors called were unable to deploy, he said.

“Some of the reasons for delaying mobilization are temporary and do not disqualify members for continued service,” he said. “Some failures to mobilize (failure to maintain physical readiness) are grounds for further processing for dismissal.”


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