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Guard, Reserve to Get 4 Years of Dwell Time

More good news, folks! After his announcement last week that the Army would be increasing active duty Army dwell time to 24 months, General George Casey said yesterday that the Guard and Reserve will soon be home for four years between deployments.

I'm just going to say it: wooohoo!

From the story:

Starting next fall, the time a reservist spends at home between mobilizations will increase to four years, the Army Chief of Staff said yesterday during a meeting with members of the Army National Guard in Arlington, Va. Gen. George Casey said the longer time at home is necessary for the welfare of troops.

We had to get there," he said. "Studies show that it takes a minimum of 24 to 36 months to recover from a combat deployment. The reality of it all is that we cannot go to war without the Guard and Reserve."

The article doesn't have much more information on exactly how this will play out. And, like we've talked about before, let's go ahead and believe it when we see it ...

But I think it's safe to be, at least, cautiously optimistic. Our Guard and Reserve families have faced incredible strain, compounded by their distance from the support communities those of who are active duty rely upon. They totally deserve this.

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