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  • Army Planning 4 More Years In Iraq

    WASHINGTON - The Army is planning for the possibility of keeping the current number of soldiers in Iraq well over 100,000 for four more years, the Army's top general said Saturday.

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    In an Associated Press interview, Gen. Peter Schoomaker said the Army is prepared for the "worst case" in terms of the required level of troops in Iraq. He said the number could be adjusted lower if called for by slowing the force rotation or by shortening tours for soldiers.

    Schoomaker said commanders in Iraq and others who are in the chain of command will decide how many troops will be needed next year and beyond. His responsibility is to provide them, trained and equipped.

    About 138,000 U.S. troops, including about 25,000 Marines, are now in Iraq.

    "We are now into '07-'09 in our planning," Schoomaker said, having completed work on the set of combat and support units that will be rotated into Iraq over the coming year for 12-month tours of duty.

    Schoomaker's comments come amid indications from Bush administration officials and commanders in Iraq that the size of the U.S. force may be scaled back next year if certain conditions are achieved.

    Among those conditions: an Iraqi constitution must be drafted in coming days; it must be approved in a national referendum; and elections must be held for a new government under that charter.

    Schoomaker, who spoke aboard an Army jet on the trip back to Washington from Kansas City, Mo., made no predictions about the pace of political progress in Iraq. But he said he was confident the Army could provide the current number of forces to fight the insurgency for many more years. The 2007-09 rotation he is planning would go beyond President Bush's term in office, which ends in January 2009.

    Schoomaker was in Kansas City for a dinner Friday hosted by the Military Order of the World Wars, a veterans' organization.

    "We're staying 18 months to two years ahead of ourselves" in planning which active-duty and National Guard and Reserve units will be provided to meet the commanders' needs, Schoomaker said in the interview.

    The main active-duty combat units that are scheduled to go to Iraq in the coming year are the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and the 4th Infantry Division from Fort Hood, Texas. Both did one-year tours earlier in the war.

    The Army has changed the way it arranges troop rotations.

    Instead of sending a full complement of replacement forces each 12-month cycle, it is stretching out the rotation over two years.

    The current rotation, for 2005-07, will overlap with the 2006-08 replacements. Beyond that, the Army is piecing together the plan for the 2007-09 switch, Schoomaker said.

    With the recent deployments of National Guard brigades from Georgia and Pennsylvania, the National Guard has seven combat brigades in Iraq the most of the entire war plus thousands of support troops.

    Along with the Army Reserve and Marine Reserve, they account for about 40 percent of the total U.S. forces in Iraq. Schoomaker said that will be scaled back next year to about 25 percent as newly expanded active-duty divisions such as the 101st Airborne enter the rotation.

    August has been the deadliest month of the war for the National Guard and Reserve, with at least 42 fatalities thus far. Schoomaker disputed the suggestion by some that the Guard and Reserve units are not fully prepared for the hostile environment of Iraq.

    "I'm very confident that there is no difference in the preparation" of active-duty soldiers and the reservists, who normally train one weekend a month and two weeks each summer, unless they are mobilized. Once called to active duty, they go through the same training as active-duty units.

    In internal surveys, some in the reserve forces have indicated to Army leaders that they think they are spending too much time in pre-deployment training, not too little, Schoomaker said.

    "Consistently, what we've been (hearing) is, `We're better than you think we are, and we could do this faster,'" he said. "I can promise you that we're not taking any risk in terms of what we're doing to prepare people."
    if you give me a rep PLZ LEAVE YOUR NAME so i can know who you are,especially if you leave me a bad one,have the damn guts to leave ur damn name!

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    I hope we get a draft, those are always fun.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by whereismarshall
      I hope we get a draft, those are always fun.
      haha,sure,a draft is definitly going to happen if they wanna stay there for four more years,hey,maybe you'll be the lucky one that gets picked to to go iraq
      if you give me a rep PLZ LEAVE YOUR NAME so i can know who you are,especially if you leave me a bad one,have the damn guts to leave ur damn name!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bely
        haha,sure,a draft is definitly going to happen if they wanna stay there for four more years,hey,maybe you'll be the lucky one that gets picked to to go iraq
        I hope so.

        I'm not one of those un-american french-loving baguette-eating pussies like some of the libs on here. If you want peace you stupid libs move somewhere peaceful is what I say!!! 2:-$2

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        • #5
          War = Peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          "Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile."
          - Kurt Vonnegut

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dublo7
            War = Peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            Alright, you sound smart enough.. for one of those dirty lib aussies atleast.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by whereismarshall
              Alright, you sound smart enough.. for one of those dirty lib aussies atleast.
              lol
              "Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile."
              - Kurt Vonnegut

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              • #8
                Originally posted by whereismarshall
                I hope so.

                I'm not one of those un-american french-loving baguette-eating pussies like some of the libs on here. If you want peace you stupid libs move somewhere peaceful is what I say!!! 2:-$2
                LMAO! yeah man! you know what? why don't you go and get recruited rite now? the army has got a hard time finding new ppl to join the army,so,they'll be happy to have a patritot that's a non french loving,non baguette eating hero,like you
                if you give me a rep PLZ LEAVE YOUR NAME so i can know who you are,especially if you leave me a bad one,have the damn guts to leave ur damn name!

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                • #9
                  That's great news for the magnetic ribbon companys!
                  the last vet.before everyone got vetted
                  Originally posted by MarshallArts
                  Who's got you quoted in their sigs? Are they as equally worthy as those that have sigged me? I just can't imagine it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bely
                    LMAO! yeah man! you know what? why don't you go and get recruited rite now? the army has got a hard time finding new ppl to join the army,so,they'll be happy to have a patritot that's a non french loving,non baguette eating hero,like you
                    I was be sarcastic..

                    ya know.. le sarcasme

                    I don't know how to say it in Flemish but some of you Belgians speak french right?

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                    • #11
                      haha,well too bad,i'm not from the french side of belgium,and yes,i know you were being sarcasting,i noticed that you have pretty liberal views
                      if you give me a rep PLZ LEAVE YOUR NAME so i can know who you are,especially if you leave me a bad one,have the damn guts to leave ur damn name!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bely
                        haha,well too bad,i'm not from the french side of belgium,and yes,i know you were being sarcasting,i noticed that you have pretty liberal views
                        Oh good. Is Flemish the same thing as Dutch? or what?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by whereismarshall
                          Oh good. Is Flemish the same thing as Dutch? or what?
                          well kinda,it's like the diffrence between american english and brittish english :-)
                          if you give me a rep PLZ LEAVE YOUR NAME so i can know who you are,especially if you leave me a bad one,have the damn guts to leave ur damn name!

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                          • #14
                            You commie's done yet?

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                            • #15
                              lol. commie hilfiger threw a party up in HUURREEE
                              Warpox exposes himself | Editorial 1 4 | 2Pox

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