Expansion will be complete three years early

Army to meet goal, but it’s not enough

Army Times:

The Army will meet its end-strength goal of 547,000 this fiscal year, three years earlier than first planned, but that still won’t be enough to meet operational demands, a senior official said.

The Army needs to grow by at least 30,000 more troops to meet current demand, Army Undersecretary Nelson Ford said Tuesday. An end-strength of close to 580,000 is needed to meet the demand, he said.

I think this has been pretty clear for quite some time. The divisional reorganization helped a little. The expansion will help a little. The drawdown in Iraq will help a little. Together, those factors will make a noticeable difference.

But the tempo in Afghanistan is kicking up and will probably kick up more before it settles back down. Demands elsewhere will continue to put a lot of pressure on our forces.

And left unsaid during almost all of this talk about the end-strength of the regular Army are the spectrum of daunting tasks facing America’s special forces. Everyone keeps saying that it takes a decade to substantially grow your special forces. Well, it’s been over seven years since 9/11.

Still, even with all the worrying issues, it’s sure nice to see that this growth goal is going to be reached early. I expect that recruiting will continue to pick up. Some of that will be due to the lessening violence in Iraq, but I suspect that more of it will have to do with the economy and the employment situation in the civilian world.

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  • Bram says:

    Expansion will be complete the moment the Democrats send their Defence Budget to President Obama.

  • Flanker says:

    So you’re saying the Clintonistas gutting the Army from 18 to 10 active divisions might not have been the most efficient of “peace dividends” to be enacted furing their regime; in light of current geo political commitments?

  • Murdoc says:

    The thought has crossed my mind.

  • Firehand says:

    Next time some politician bitches about the military not having enough armor/weapons/comm gear/whatever(assuming they do so AND get air time after The Ascension), I want someone to ask “Have you proposed an increase in defense spending, or submitted a bill for such, to help the situation?” If the answer is ‘no’, I then want the questioner to tell them to shut the hell up.

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