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Guard Faces Phase-Out of Combat Role

National Guard troops in Iraq, which once constituted half the Army’s fighting force, have been dramatically reduced and could be largely phased out of major combat responsibilities next year as military officials debate their performance and what role they should play in future conflicts. Iraq was an important test of whether the Army could use the Guard more aggressively — and not just as a last resort. During the Cold War, the Guard was recast as the “strategic reserve” that would be used in the big fight against the Soviet Union that never came. Full Story

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