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THOSE GRIPING RESERVISTS ARE A SMALL MINORITY

This letter is in reference to those reservists who are complaining about being called to duty.

I entered the service in 1983 as a reservist. Back then the general attitude was to be prepared for a conflict at any time due to yearly cutbacks in money and manpower to the active components for the armed services.

I have been on active duty in the Navy since 1987. Since then I have seen a rapid increase in reservists training with active duty forces.

Those few who complain about their role and call to duty paint a false image that reservists have a great discontent with Operation Desert Shield. I have met many an activated reservist in my home port of Norfolk, Va., where I am stationed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

I find the reservists to have high morale and understand their duties fully.

JOHN ORTOLANO
West Seneca

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