Army announces nine-month deployment period

Press release from U.S. Department of Defense

RICHMOND, VA - The Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced today a change in the length of future unit operational deployments from 12 months to nine months.  This change will be fully implemented by April 2012, and applies to division-level-and-below units.

This policy will not affect personnel or units currently deployed or deploying prior to Jan. 1, 2012.  The deployment period for high demand and low density units and individual deployers will remain one year.

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.

This policy change is consistent with secretary of defense policies for utilization of the total force.  Implementation of this change is based on the projected demand for Army forces, and is contingent on global security conditions and combatant commander requirements.