Saturday, April 21, 2007

Deployments explained, in a manner of speaking

I have an article by Jim Garamone of American Forces Press Service which discusses the new deployment terms and length of service. Part of it is below, the rest is here.

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2007 – The Army will be able to sustain 20 combat brigades in Iraq for at least a year, officials said during a news conference today.

The Army’s policy change, announced by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday, extends the service of all active-duty soldiers in the U.S. Central Command region to 15 months. All active-duty Army units headed to the command also will serve for 15 months.

This will allow the service to maintain the level of effort in the region for a year, Gates said. The five-brigade surge in support of the Baghdad security plan calls for 20 U.S. brigades in Iraq by the end of May.

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