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An announcement from President Bush that we will not return to 12-month tours until after the summer will do nothing to relieve the burden of those currently deployed for 15 months - some of whom will not return home until summer 2009. Almost half of the active-duty Army's front-line units are currently deployed for 15 months. Three of these units are on their fourth tour. Almost all have served at least twice. This is the group of soldiers that has borne an immense, disproportionate burden from our wars. This is the group of soldiers that desperately needs a break - now.

- Bobby Muller, a Vietnam War veteran and founder of Veterans for America

Where we need to be with this force is no more than 12 months on the ground and 24 months back.

- Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army's vice chief of staff, in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee

Even with this modest reduction in deployment length, the president will still be forcing the Defense Department to violate its own deployment policy. DoD policy calls for a 1-to-2 ratio of deployment to ... time at home between deployments to rest, reset, reconnect with family, integrate new unit members, train and prepare to deploy again - before returning to combat. Dwell time is critically important to maintaining high levels of readiness in our armed forces.

- Lawrence Korb, former assistant secretary of defense

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