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Army Announces Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009 Budgets

Feb 05, 2007

The U.S. Army announced Feb. 5 the details of its budget for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009, which covers from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2009. The FY08 budget request is $130 billion. The FY09 budget request is 140.7 billion.

The FY08/09 budget is structured, first and foremost, to provide trained and equipped forces to the combatant commanders, balancing immediate war-fighting needs with the development of future enhancements. The Army will continue to focus on winning the Global War On Terrorism, accelerating transformation to a modular structure and sustaining the all-volunteer force.

The Army's FY08/09 budget addresses these key themes:

1) Win the Long War:
--- Build readiness: Align the Army's structure with the National Military Strategy and grow capabilities over time (Modular Force, Special Operations Forces, Civil Affairs).
--- Grow and rebalance the Army: Increase active-component end strength to 532,400, National Guard end strength to 352,600 and U.S. Army Reserve to 205,000 by FY09.

2) Sustain the All-Volunteer Force
--- Provide Support
**** For Soldiers and families: Quality of Life and Quality of Service
>>>>> Stabilized combat/mission rotations
>>>>> Training
>>>>> Appropriate pay raises and benefit levels.
>>>>> Base support services

**** For the Force:
>>>>> Recruiting and retention
>>>>> Tough, realistic training
>>>>> Global support for logistic operations, transportation and communication
>>>>> Civilian support at required levels.

3) Build Readiness
-- Transform Guard and Reserve units to be interchangeable with active-duty Army units, ensuring that they are trained and equipped for use in joint expeditionary operations and in support of civil authorities.
-- Fully fund a modernization and recapitalization program to ensure full-spectrum ground combat operations.
-- Apply lessons learned in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom to Army equipment purchases.
-- Continue development of Future Combat Systems.

4) Accelerate the Future-Force Modernization Strategy
-- Remain aligned wit Department of Defense strategy.
-- Balance future capability with OIF/OEF lessons learned.
-- Continue support for Future Combat Systems and adjustments made to the program.
-- Sustain a strong focus on the future.

5) Re-station Army Forces.
-- Support the Global Defense Posture Realignment (GDPR) strategy and sustain quality of life.
-- Fulfill FY07 Base Realignment and Closure Requirements while being funded through a continuing resolution.

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For more information, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.



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