Temporary Expansion Of Army May Be Ordered

07.17.09 | FL News Team

A decision will be made soon on whether a temporary expansion of the Army will be ordered by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Under a plan that is backed by Senator Joseph Lieberman, some 30-thousand troops would be added to active duty. There are currently 547-thousand active-duty soldiers in the Army. The move would aid in coping with the stress from the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


During a town hall meeting with troops at Fort Drum in New York, Gates said a temporary expansion could help increase the time soldiers can spend at home between deployments. Soldiers currently get 12 months of at-home "dwell time" after every year-long deployment overseas. Officials want to extend that to two years. Gates said a decision on the matter could come within the next week.