Some Troops Don’t Get Fair Share of Deployment Burdens

By Sandra I. Erwin
A Pentagon advisory panel suggests that Army and Marine Corps troop-rotation methods may be partly to blame for the stress in the force. The Defense Business Board, made up of former Pentagon and industry officials, parsed military payroll data from 2001 to 2008 and concluded that, over those seven years, certain groups — mostly senior enlisted, non-commissioned and junior officers — have been deployed nonstop while others have never been in combat.

“The data indicates that current policies and practices are potentially creating two groups — those that repeatedly deploy and those that don’t,” said the DBB. The panel is recommending that Defense Secretary Robert Gates examine the service policies that appear to create excessive deployments of certain portions of the force while at the same time isolating others from deployment.

Topics: Defense Department, Army News, Marine Corps News

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