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Army may cut length of tours

January 24, 2008|From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Soldiers' battlefield tours would be cut from 15 months to 12 months beginning Aug. 1 under a proposal the Army is considering as part of an effort to reduce the stress on a force battered by more than six years at war.

The proposal, recommended by Army Forces Command, is being reviewed by senior Army and Pentagon leaders, and it would be contingent on the changing needs for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Our top priority is going to be meeting the combatant commanders' requirements, so there may be no decision until we get more clarity on that," Army Col. Edward Gibbons, chief of the command's plans division, said Wednesday.

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