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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Longer Dwell Time, Improved Transition Support Coming to Army in 2012

  • January 11, 2012
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Longer rests between deployments and a new program to help separating service members are two of 21 changes affecting the Army in 2012 that are previewed in a recent story in Army Times.

Active-duty units deploying after Feb. 1 will be scheduled for nine-month tours, although units with special capabilities that are in high demand, along with corps headquarters, may still deploy for 12 months. The Army’s minimum guidelines require active-duty units to spend one day at home for every day they are deployed. The service’s aim is for units to spend two days at home for every day they are deployed.

Under a new program to prepare personnel leaving the service, soldiers will begin transition counseling one year before their separation date. The initiative will help soldiers enter the civilian workforce or go to school.

Another change will see brigade combat teams reorganized as the service trims its end strength from 570,000 to 520,000 and reduces the number of active and reserve brigades by 10 or more. The brigades will add a maneuver battalion and redistribute headquarters units, according to the story.

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