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Eight soldiers file lawsuit challenging the Army's stop-loss program

[JURIST] Eight soldiers have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the Army's stop-loss program which requires troops to serve longer than the terms in their enlistment contracts. Under the stop-loss program, the Pentagon may extend enlistments during war or national emergencies. The program, which was invoked in June, may keep thousands of soldiers past their expected departure. The soldiers argue in the lawsuit that the program is a breach of the service contract because it extends the length of service without a soldier's consent and that the contracts are misleading in that they make no reference to the policy. The soldiers are seeking an immediate release from service. Read the Army's personnel policies and procedures here. AP has more.

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