About Army May Reduce Length of Tours in Combat Zones
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Army May Reduce Length of Tours in Combat Zones info
Published: September 27, 2004
ASHINGTON, Sept. 26 - Fearing a sharp decline in recruiting and troop retention, the Army is considering cutting the length of its 12-month combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, senior Army officials say.
Senior Army personnel officers, as well as top Army Reserve and National Guard officials, say the Army's ability to recruit and retain soldiers will steadily erode unless combat tours are shortened, to some length between six and nine months, roughly equivalent to the seven-month tours that are the norm in the Marine Corps...
"The best form of taking care of troops is first-class training, for this saves unnecessary casualties." Erwin Rommel