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Acting Army secretary seeks shorter tours of duty

U.S. Army leaders have been asked to shorten the tour of duty for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, though no changes would be made until the insurgency in Iraq is brought under control. Troops now deploy for one-year tours. Acting Secretary of the Army Les Brownlee asked Gen. Peter Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, in a memo dated October 8 to shorten that period. Brownlee said he wanted a plan ready to put in place when the insurgency is stopped. He said the Iraqi security forces are up to the task of securing the country. Full Story

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