President Biden is Sending 3,000 Reservists and IRR Personnel to Strengthen Forces in Europe

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On July 13, 2023, President Joe Biden announced he was sending 3,000 more reservists to Europe joining ten thousand other reservists who are already there. After Russia entered Ukraine in February 2024, the United States has not sent military forces on the ground other than providing military and financial support to Ukraine.

President Biden ordered to send reservists to Europe and wrote:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 121 and 12304 of Title 10, United States Code, I hereby determine that it is necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation Atlantic Resolve in and around the United States European Command’s area of responsibility.
In furtherance of this operation, under the stated authority, I hereby authorize the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, under their respective jurisdictions, to order to active duty any units, and any individual members not assigned to a unit organized to serve as a unit of the Selected Reserve, or any member in the Individual Ready Reserve mobilization category and designated as essential under regulations prescribed by the Secretary concerned, not to exceed 3,000 total members at any one time, of whom not more than 450 may be members of the Individual Ready Reserve, as they deem necessary, and to terminate the service of those units and members ordered to active duty.
This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

The director of operations for the Joint Staff, Lieutenant General Douglas Sims, said on Thursday:

“This reaffirms the unwavering support and commitment to the defense of NATO’s eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war on Ukraine.”

The United States has more than 100,000 military personnel deployed in Europe.

According to Fox News, the order allows the United States to send personnel in the reserves and 450 members to the Individual Ready Reserves. The IRR is personnel who have completed their initial term of service and may be called back up to active duty.

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