from a division based to a brigade-based force will result
in brigades that are designed as modules that are self-sufficient
and standardized as Brigade Combat Teams,” said Army
Public Affairs Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Pierett.
Stabilized brigades also increase combat readiness and cohesion,
deployment turnover and repetitive training.
If you have more of these deployable units they will not rotate
as much,” said Pierett. “The number of brigades will
increase from 33 to 43. This allows for a larger time frame between
call ups,” he added. With this plan active duty soldiers
will spend at least two years at home after each one-year deployment,
and Army Reserve soldiers will spend four years at home.
According to the U.S. Army Posture Statement 2005 on the Army
website, “The Army is executing a full, diverse range
of programs and activities that will help attract and retain
quality people needed to maintain a volunteer force during
a time of war.”
The current system been in place since the Cold War and no
longer matches up to the challenge today’s Army faces
with the war on terror. If the Army is to continue to engage
in a high
level of overseas deployments, it needs a system that will
allow it to work effectively when fighting enemies simultaneously
two different fronts.
Because almost all Army forces are currently deployed, preparing
to deploy, or recovering from deployment, there has been substantial
debate about how capable the United States would be of responding
should any new contingency arise,” the Army Posture Statement
Not only will units be more stabilized but so will families.
Time at duty stations will be four to five years. “If you
have more of these combat units, they can be more stabilized,
the units won’t rotate as much,” Pierett said. “Families
won’t have to move from post to post; they can move around
inside that post. Your family is stabilized. It cuts down on
the cost of moving too.” Children of military parents
can attend schools longer without interruption.
Another goal of restructuring is to reassess active and reserve
forces to produce units that are trained in the skills in highest
demand. These jobs include infantry, military police, civil affairs,
This restructuring is supposed to be completed over a 10-year
Adam Maheen, an HPU student getting his Master of Arts of
Diplomacy and Military Studies was in the 313 Military Intelligence
82nd Air Borne at Fort Bragg, N.C. “My old unit already
had already moved into our Brigade Combat Team. We were all moved
to the same barracks and had a central command center,” Maheen
said. “As a single guy, I am looking forward to moving
around, but I can see where long-term duty stations could
help with the retention goal.”