Army to reduce deployment time in warzone to nine months
US Army soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan. Beginning in 2012, soldiers' deployments in Afghanistan will be reduced to 9 months. (US Army Photo)
August 5th, 2011
02:10 PM ET

Army to reduce deployment time in warzone to nine months

By Larry Shaughnessy
CNN Pentagon Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Army announced Friday that it will reduce the typical soldier’s deployment time in Afghanistan from one year to nine months. It’s a move that could help soldiers better deal with stress and help reduce family problems at home.

“The reduced deployment length will improve soldier and family quality of life while continuing to meet operational requirements and is an important step in sustaining the all-volunteer-force,” Army Secretary John McHugh said in a statement released Friday afternoon.
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