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December 26, 2007

Name: Eric Coulson
Posting date: 12/26/07
Stationed in: Ramadi, Iraq
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Interesting stats in Stars and Stripes recently...

According to US Army Human Resources Command there are 515,000 Active Duty Soldiers:

200,000 have one combat tour.

70,000 have two combat tours.

15,000 have three or more tours.

59.5% of enlisted personnel have deployed.

62% of officers have deployed.

40.6% of the Active Duty Army has not deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. They break down this way:

1.6% are non-deployable due to medical conditions, legal status, or family problems.

8.7% are in Initial Entry Training.

10.8% are units scheduled to deploy.

10% are in units deployed in other operational circumstances, i.e. Korea.

0.6% are Drill Sergeants and Recruiters.

27% are in health care. Taking care of our wounded warriors.

7.2% have been identified for assignment to deploying units.

To me the most interesting number is the one indicating three or more deployments. Reading screeds on the internet, one might think most Soldiers were heading for their third or fourth deployment. Not true.

Good information to have if you are talking about the state of the Army with people.


It's called T2P2 - Training, Transit, Physical or Prisoner.

Or, you could look at it as there being 85,000 who've had more than one tour. These numbers also do not appear to apply to either the National Guard or Reserve troops. Any word on how those numbers break down?

What I see is:
550,000 total and
160,000 in Iraq
that means
29% of all enlisted men and women are in Iraq. You have lots of company there Eric. Add to that about 50,000 casualties to date, I can only say "Stay safe..."

Another interesting fact:

Veterans represent 25% of the homeless population of the United States, yet comprise only 11% of the adult population of this country.

Welcome home.


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