Webb Proposes Troop Deployment Restriction

June 19, 2007

The Senate will have to vote on a proposal by Sen. Jim Webb in the coming weeks that would restrict deployments of troops.

This as the Army tries to decide whether it would have to extend combat tours of troops in Iraq if President Bush chooses to maintain current troop levels through spring 2008.

Army officials testified on Tuesday that the service is reviewing other options, including relying more heavily on Army reservists or Navy and Air Force personnel in order to relieve pressure on an Army already stretched thin.

A majority of troops spend 15 months deployed to combat with a guaranteed 12 months home. As for Webb's proposal, officials say that it's too early to look toward next year.

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