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Army Deployments to CENTCOM Return to 12 Months

Apr 10, 2008

Following President Bush's announcement today, April 10, and as directed by the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Army will reduce deployment lengths from 15 months to 12 months for all active Army Soldiers deploying to the CENTCOM area of operations, starting on 1 August 2008.

Today's announcement does not affect Soldiers currently deployed and those who will deploy prior to 1 August 2008. Those Soldiers will complete their scheduled deployments.

"We recognize the selfless service and unwavering commitment of America's courageous Soldiers, and are profoundly grateful for the sacrifice and support by Army Families," said Army Secretary Pete Geren.

"This announcement is another step in our effort to restore balance to our Army," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. "Returning to our 12-month policy-combined with the growth in our force-will allow us to gradually reduce the stress on the force and prepare for the full-range of missions."

The modified policy does not affect current dwell policies. Upon return from deployment, units will not be deployed again for at least 12 months. There may be exceptions to this policy given unforeseen circumstances.

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