Monday, September 27, 2004

There appears to be a story going around the web that a National Guard unit being sent to Iraq without any weapons. Oak Leaf, an experienced Reserve officer sent in this explanation of what is really happening.
A quick explanation is in order. Every Army unit has a “Table of Organizational Equipment” (TOE) that lists every piece of
equipment that is authorized from everything to IBM Selectric
typewriters to types of weapons. The 98th Division (Training) is a
training unit and because of its mission is not authorized its own
organic weapons. They do not need them to complete their mission
statement. This “authorization” was completed decades ago by planners. When they need weapons , another unit will issue them weapons that they will then be responsible for. When they leave Iraq, they will then return the weapons to that unit.
Makes sense. So, don't be fooled.