Do Army trauma surgeons get "recalled" for a third tour of duty in Iraq?
May 5, 2014 2:56 PM Subscribe
How common / realistic is it for an Army trauma surgeon to be "recalled" to be deployed for a third tour of duty in Iraq?
posted by QuantumMeruit to Law & Government (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
(Not sure how to handle spoilers in this context.)
I saw If/Then on Broadway, and one of the things that's been bugging me was a plot point surrounding one of the characters, an Army trauma surgeon who, at the start of the play, is returning from his second tour of duty in Iraq.
There is a reference in some dialog to him "no longer being in the Army" as of the day before -- he's now "in the reserve" (or something to that effect) -- presumably, Individual Ready Reserve? After a couple of years, he receives a telephone call informing him that he is being called up for a third tour. I recall further dialog references to him having "used up all his deferrals" earlier, given the birth of his kids.
Does that scenario ring true to life? I know that there's a number of servicemen and women who have done three (or more) tours, but was wondering whether it's possible (or common) for someone to be called out of the IRR for a third tour. (I'm also curious how realistic that scenario might be for trauma surgeons versus other specialties.)