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President Bush requested  an increase of 74,200 Army troops and the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) was published October 2007 indicating the Army preferred Alternative Three.  The intent is to increase the Army's end strength from Fiscal Year 2008 through Fiscal Year 2013 "to a size and composition that is better able to meet national security and defense requirements".

The Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for Army Growth and Force Structure Realignment was posted January 7, 2008 in the Federal Register and provides readers with the following mailing address for submitting questions and comments:

Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army Environmental Command

Building E4460

Attention: IMAE–PA

5179 Hoadley Road

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010–5401

 A copy of the ROD and Final PEIS my be viewed at http://www.aec.army.mil

Although only the mailing address is listed in the Federal Register, it appears this particular Public Affairs Office may also be contacted by the following means:

Email - PublicComments@aec.apgea.army.mil

PH:     (410) 436-2556

FAX:   (410) 436-1693

As indicated in the Federal Register

"The Army’s preferred alternative identified in the Final PEIS is to implement Alternative 3. This alternative allows for full support of Army modularity initiatives by adding necessary CS Soldiers to the Army’s Active and Reserve components while increasing the size of the Army by six BCTs"

CS is an acronym for Combat Support (refers to unit function) while BCT is an acronym for Brigade Combat Team, H or I BCT refers to Heavy or Infantry BCT

What we know, for fact, is the soldiers that are being sent to Afghanistan and Iraq are being sent on multiple tours; therefore it would seem reasonable to add additional combat troops to increase the end-strength of our Army.

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