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by Lindsey Rowland

“Restructuring 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, reduces 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 the 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 on 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 2005 said.

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, and intelligence.

This restructuring is supposed to be completed over a 10-year period.

Adam Maheen, an HPU student getting his Master of Arts of Diplomacy and Military Studies was in the 313 Military Intelligence Battalion 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.”


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