Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Guard, Reservists Receive Nuke Duty OK.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: John J. Lumpkin Journal Staff Writer

Kirtland Assignments Possible for Troops

The military announced last week it will allow reservists and members of the National Guard to serve in nuclear units, but officials were unsure whether the nuclear weapons depot at Kirtland Air Force Base will begin employing them.

Guard members and reservists previously were excluded from nuclear-capable units, because the military considered their limited annual service requirement one weekend a month and two full weeks a year insufficient "to provide adequate continuous evaluation for personnel reliability purposes," a press release from the Pentagon says.

The move is to better integrate the active-duty forces and the reserves, which have been sharing more missions after post-Cold War personnel reductions, the release says. …

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