Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle: Questions and Answers About U.S. Military Personnel, Compensation, and Force Structure [Updated September 16, 2004] [open pdf - 93KB]
"This report provides short answers to commonly asked questions about military personnel, compensation, and force structure issues related to Operation Noble Eagle (ONE), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). [...] The section on personnel addresses issues such as casualties, reserve mobilization, 'sole surviving son or daughter' status, conscientious objection, and 'stop-loss.' The section on compensation addresses issues related to the pay and benefits - including death benefits - provided to members of the U.S. military participating in OEF/ONE and their families. The section on force structure addresses issues related to how ONE/OEF/OIF might affect the number of personnel needed by the military, and responds to common questions about whether a return to conscription is likely under current circumstances."
CRS Report for Congress, RL31334