A New Army Deployment Policy

On Wednesday, Military analyst Tom Ricks wrote an interesting blog about rumors that the Army is going to set up a permanent headquarters for the XVIII Airborne Corps in Afghanistan (http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/). The post discusses the implications of the change with regard to personnel policies and counterinsurgency operations.

One point worth adding is that the new rotation policy is not a complete departure from the current system in that some Army units have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thus have a continuity of experience and understanding of the operating environment. However, permanently setting up an HQ in Afghanistan for an entire corps is a noteworthy change because it will insure long-term rotational continuity for a unit larger than a brigade or division.


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