Got this in my AKO mail today:
"To Our Soldiers and Families
Today, President Bush announced his decision to return to twelve-month deployments in the CENTCOM theater for active Army units. The Presidents decision reflects the improved security situation in Iraq one made possible by your unwavering commitment and willingness to sacrifice as well as the recognition of the impact of extended deployments on Army Families and our readiness. Todays policy change will help reduce that strain as we continue to grow the Army and restore balance.
The Army will reduce Boots On the Ground time to no more than twelve months for all active component Soldiers deploying to the CENTCOM area of operations after 1 August 2008. Soldiers deploying prior to 1 August will complete their scheduled deployments.
The return to twelve-month deployments does not change the Armys dwell time policy. This policy is intended to give units time to properly reset and allow Soldiers, Families, and friends to reconnect.
You have chosen a most noble profession. With your Families standing with you in support, you have borne the increased stress and burden of this war for our Army and our Nation. A grateful Army and Nation thank you.
Kenneth O. Preston George W. Casey, Jr. Pete Geren
Sergeant Major of the Army General, United States Army Secretary of the Army
What do the folks on ground say?
" I am tempted to just quit this war and go home. (Soldier hubby) and I are still waiting to see the next duty assignment. That can't get here fast enough for me. i would really like to plan for a home and education. "
That's from a friend still over in Germany, on their second deployment.
News flash-- turning a noun into a Proper Noun isn't enough, it never was, and it never will be.
Try turning a soldier's reward up to a statesman's -- lifetime health care and stipend to start.
No matter how long or short they've served.
Look up the bennies for your representatives, senators and politicians.
Compare them with what the folks who have to go in when policy fails.
Words ain't enough.
Better math, might be a start.