I just have some questions about the recently announced inactive reserve call-up by the Marines. My soon-to-be-stepson is a USMC reserve officer (Mustang!) and we know for a fact his unit is going to be sent to Iraq this fall. He is an active reservist and we've been aware of his status for a while. I'm just curious (because I don't know how this operates) how "inactive" reservists can be called up. My understanding is that these are people who have served their enlistment or commission and have returned to lives--school, jobs, families, etc. I'm not criticizing the call-up, just wondering how this works. How can "inactive reservists" go back and rebuild a life if they're subject to recall at any time? I would appreciate any insight and information. It's my perspective that the Marines are bearing the brunt of difficult assignments and casualties in the Middle East right now. That's so frightening, despite knowing how well-trained and prepared they are. Thanks. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!