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Accelerate Army Growth

What is it?
The current operational demand for Army forces exceeds the sustainable supply, and as a result, the Army is currently out of balance. To restore balance, the Army developed a plan to grow the Army.

What has the Army done?
In January 2007, the Army’s plan to grow the Army by an additional 74,200 Soldiers by FY13 across all three components—Regular Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard—was approved. The Army’s modular transformation plan is to build 76 brigade combat teams (complete by 2015) and 225 combat support and service support brigades (complete by 2019).

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Operational demands and further analysis indicate that we are not growing the Army fast enough to rapidly restore balance to the Army. Upon approval of a proposed acceleration, the Army will advance to FY10 the planned FY12 end strength (547,000 in the active component and 358,000 in the Army National Guard). Accelerating the growth of the Army will not totally restore Army readiness, but it would be a vital step in the right direction.

Why is this important to the Army?
The combined effects of growth and rebalance will begin the process of restoring the Army’s strategic depth to meet Combatant Commander requirements and transform the reserve component into an operational force.