The US Marine corps are considering a process called "involuntary recall" of reservists. It may be looking at recalling 2,500 of the potential 59,000 Marine reservists in the country.
The involuntary recall has been authorised to continue as long as "The War on Terror" lasts. A protracted war by all estimates. This move has been interpreted by some as a sign that the military is being over stretched in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Col. Guy A Stratton stated: "volunteer numbers are on a downward trend."
Some members of Congress have labelled this as a "back-door draft."