Army Should Study Decreasing Troop Deployment Time

Soldiers from Tennessee tell me these year-long deployments can be very tough on them and their families and ask whether it's possible to switch to a six-month deployment schedule. The Navy, Air Force and Marines use the six-month deployment schedule, and the Army has used six-month deployments in past missions. Army leaders at the Pentagon have discussed this issue both privately and publicly since at least 2004, and we believe the Secretary of the Army should bring to Congress a full report on the pros and cons of such a change, including how it could affect troop morale.