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Supplemental budget to fund Army's operations

By Eric Cramer

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 28, 2005) -- The U.S. Army will ask for a total of $41.2 billion in its supplemental budget request for fiscal year 2005, a senior Army official said this week.

The Army has also reprogrammed items within the budget in order to meet current operational needs. The supplemental budget has not yet been approved.

The military personnel portion of the supplemental budget includes $69.9 million for the storage of personally owned vehicles and movement and storage of household goods for Soldiers and families. Officials said the money supports deployed Soldiers and the Army's need to restructure certain units.

The supplemental budget sets aside $9.8 billion to provide full pay and allowances for reserve-component Soldiers who have been mobilized, including special pay for and subsistence pay for those who are deployed.

Also in the budget is a total of $429 million for National Guard personnel, of which $305 million will provide premobilization training. The budget provides $70 million to pay for National Guard Soldiers who are acting as force protection guards at installations until those positions are filled with contract or state employees.

The supplemental budget provides $1.5 billion in pay and allowances to support the current overstrength in the active component. This provides pay and benefits to Soldiers above the 482,000 end-strength provided for in the primary budget.

The budget also programs $15.8 million to increase the Soldiers Group Life Insurance death benefit from $250,000 to $400,000.

The total supplemental budget request in support of the Global War on Terrorism is $12.2 billion.

Among these costs lies the replacement of 12 AH-64 Apache helicopters and five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters at a total replacement cost of $371.9 million.

The supplemental budget includes $19.6 billion based on the Department of Defense Contingency Operations cost model. Costs above that model and included in the budget are:

$1.6 billion for depot-level restoration and maintenance of equipment.

$1.2 billion for increased sustainment requirements and Transportation Command rate increases.

$1.5 billion for logistics support.

$364 million for personnel support including a rest and recuperation program; the Disabled Soldier Support System; Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and tuition assistance.

The supplemental budget sets aside $261 million in support of modularity, creating Organizational Readiness Training Centers at forts Riley, Carson, and Bliss and building an aircraft hangar at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. In additional military construction, the budget provides $41.8 million for detention facilities, planning and design and radio range security fence at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Officials said they assume a supplemental budget in 2006 will support additional modularity goals. Beginning in fiscal year 2007, the Army will include $5 billion a year for modularity in its primary budget.

Also in the budget is $560 million for barracks, tactical operations facilities and medical buildings at several locations in Iraq, and $127 million for billeting, task force facilities, a tank farm and prime power generation at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

The budget is based on the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom ground force rotation plan. The plan includes at least 17 brigades in Iraq; two brigades in Afghanistan and supporting forces. OCPA Public Affairs Home OCPA Public Affairs Home


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