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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:52 pm

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/ ... -4,00.html

There is another clock, not often mentioned, that sits in the Pentagon. It is the Broken Army clock, the service timeline for an exhausted force. Petraeus and his staff were deeply concerned when rumors of another tour extension, from the current 15 months for soldiers, spread in mid-June. "It would be a last resort," Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told reporters — but troop morale is so iffy that Petraeus quietly urged his commanders to "get the word out" to their soldiers that the extension rumors were false.

According to the Broken Army clock, troop levels will begin to wane in March 2008, no matter what Congress decides in September; the current 20 brigade combat teams will be reduced to 15 by August 2008. There is growing speculation in the military that Bush will try to pre-empt the Petraeus testimony by announcing a gradual drawdown from 20 to 15 combat brigades later this summer. "As if that isn't going to happen anyway," a senior officer told me. "But it may give us some political breathing space" — that is, it may subvert the Democrats' calls for a more rapid withdrawal — "if the President makes a big deal of announcing we're drawing down."
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Postby RugbyD » Fri Jul 06, 2007 1:04 pm

Time out of the combat zone is extremely important for a soldier's mental health. This is good news alone regardless of if it is a temporary or permanent drawdown.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Jul 06, 2007 1:26 pm

I am appalled at the extended deployments and redeployments for these kids. :-t
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Postby 5 » Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:34 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:I am appalled at the extended deployments and redeployments for these kids. :-t


yup. I just hope they don't "follow us home if we leave". I can't believe that phrase is still being used...just the other day I heard it again. :-P

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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:56 pm

5 wrote:cool sig, Omaha ;-D


Thanks dude. Madaslives on the LightSide made it for me. :-D
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Postby Coppermine » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:06 pm

Well, if we're seriously about the war, it looks like it's about time for a draft. Someone get Charlie Rangel on the phone... ;-7
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