DerekA: "Reservists, under Clinton’s plan, would respond to natural disasters, help the homeless or tackle other local problems, the campaign said. Under the plan, they would be eligible for college credit, time off from work, or even a “modest stipend,” based on financial need, to participate in the Reserve. (Clinton will negotiate with higher education institutions and corporations to get those benefits.)" I'm not against the idea per se, but that last bit makes me laugh. "Negotiation" means you have to have something to offer. You're asking universities and employers to give up money or time...for what? Good publicity? Publicity might be good at first, but then it just becomes expected.