Vice Chief of Staff of the Army promises soldiers will be home twice as much as deployed

U.S. Army Gen. James C. McConville, 36th Vice Chief Staff of the Army visits Erbil, Iraq, October 15, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Tracy McKithern)

The average US Army soldier may see more time at home than deployed, as the branch begins discussing the changes they will be making in the near future.

While the Army prepares to fight more peer-grade adversaries, there will inevitably be some good changes, according to Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville.

In terms of good news, McConville said that soldiers will be likely getting closer to a 1:2 deployment to dwell-time ratio (one year abroad for every two years at home), which would raise the current ratio by about six months.

According to a recent report by the Military Times, the Army will be instituting a “deploy or get out” policy, meaning the service will initiate separation procedures for service members who have been non-deployable for the last 12 months or more.

Obvious exceptions to the policy would include pregnancy.

“The situation we face today is really unlike anything we have faced, certainly in the post-World War II era,” Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Robert Wilkie told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on personnel and readiness on Wednesday. “On any given day, about 13 to 14 percent of the force is medically unable to deploy. That comes out to be about 286,000 [service members].”

In addition, McConville addressed budget concerns, claiming that the past nine years have led to “inability to start new procurement programs and military construction projects, to enter into multi-year contracts, to increase production rates, or reprogram funds resulted in deferring investments in modernization to maintain support to the ongoing fight.”

“Beyond current readiness concerns, we are at an inflection point where we can no longer afford to defer modernizing our capabilities and developing new ones without eroding competitive advantages of our technology and weapon systems,” he said. “While we remain the most capable fighting force in the world, without immediate action, we may not be able to make that same statement in five years.”

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