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US Gates Recommends 92,000 Increase In Defense Force January 11, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News.

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he is recommending an increase in the number of U.S. soldiers and Marines by 92,000 over a period of five years.

Gates, speaking at a televised press conference in Washington, also outlined changes to how the military’s reserves and the National Guard forces are mobilized, including mobilizing by units rather than by individual members.

Gates, who took over when Donald Rumsfeld resigned in December, said President George W. Bush has authorized an increase in the overall strength of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.

He said the recommendation he made is for 65,000 army soldiers and 27,000 Marines by making permanent a temporary increase of 35,000 forces and then adding 12,000 a year until the Marines and the Army reach 749,000.

“The emphasis will be on increasing combat capability,” Gates said.


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