Geren says Army speeding growth to boost dwell time

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The Army has accelerated plans to grow its ranks in an effort to widen the span between downrange deployments, its top civilian leader said Saturday.

Army Secretary Pete Geren said the service wants to add 74,000 soldiers — including 65,000 on active duty — by 2010, about two years ahead of previous projections. The move means soldiers will see more time at home with families, and units will have a larger window to meet changing training needs, he added.

Right now, the Army’s 12-month tours to Iraq and Afghanistan are followed by a year back home “at best,” he said.

“The one-to-one ratio cannot be sustained. Read the full article at S&S

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