Army Tours Formerly Were Required To Be 15 Months In Duration
Sometimes the best news is purchased by hard work and sacrifice. Because of the overall success of the surge in Iraq, and the improved security situation overall throughout the entire country, the length of tours of duty in Iraq has been reduced.
The improved conditions have resulted in terms of 12 months being announced as the new standard, instead of 15 months. President Bush, after consulting with military leaders and commanders on the ground in Iraq announced on July 31st that soldiers deploying to Iraq would be required to be in country and on tours of duty that will be 12 months, instead of the previous 15-month standard.
In April 2007, citing the security situation and the needs of the Coalition to be in country to deal with security situations at the time, the standard military tour of duty was extended from 12 months to 15 months. At the time, it was expected that this might be the situation for as long as five years at a time.
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The change in tour of duty surprised many in the Military; they were upbeat and glad that the security and needs of the Coalition has changed to allow the reduction. Now, soldiers can look forward to shorter, brief tours that are 3 months shorter than are have been required recently.