The Department of Defense Jan 29 2009 has publicly announced a Civilian Expeditionary Workforce were US citizens voluntarily or involuntarily could be called upon to be employees of the state for supportive roles in combat missions overseas, and possibly combat positions as a last resort, or non military operations. As stated in the doc on pg 1, “Members of the DOD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce shall be organized, trained, cleared, equipped, and ready to deploy in support of combat operations by the military; contingencies; emergency operations; humanitarian missions; disaster; restoration of order; drug interdiction; and stability operations of the Department of Defense in accordance with DoDD”.
At first thought it sounded more like a military draft or an extension of existing military, but why employees of the government and not military? Also one would assume being not fit for combat due to age or disability would not exclude you. And then there is the can be called for ” emergency operations; humanitarian missions; disaster; restoration of order; drug interdiction; and stability operations,” part. Huh? Couldn’t that entail anything? Doesn’t that mean that just about anyone could be drafted to say restore order in a foreign country for example? Or to aid in drug interdiction overseas?