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Campaign-Quality Force

What is it?
In order to meet the complex, full-spectrum challenges of the 21st century security environment, America’s Army must have a campaign-quality expeditionary force capable of operating effectively with Joint, interagency, and multinational partners across the spectrum of conflict. A campaign-quality Army is an Army capable of sustaining operations for as long as necessary to achieve the required tactical, operational, and strategic outcomes. A campaign-quality force has not only the capabilities required to meet any challenge, but the capacity to sustain those capabilities for as long as the Joint Force Commander requires.

What has the Army done?
Our soldiers continue to answer the Call to Duty while simultaneously transforming the Army into a campaign-quality expeditionary force with Joint, interagency, and multinational capabilities. Much of the comprehensive transformation under way within the Army today is aimed at creating a force with the strategic depth, flexibility, and agility to sustain operations in an environment of persistent conflict. In order to build a campaign-quality force, since Sept. 11, 2001, the Army has taken the following steps:

Established common organizational designs for heavy, infantry, and Stryker brigade combat teams (BCTs) and other types of modular functional and multifunctional support brigades and operational headquarters across both the active and reserve components. These common designs facilitate Joint and combined planning and also the rotation of forces to sustain operations.

Increased the size of the operating force by activating 9 additional active-component BCTs since 2003, for a total of 42 BCTs today. Six more BCTs will be activated between 2008 and 2012.

Begun transformation of 24 of the 28 Army National Guard (ARNG) BCTs planned for 2013 to the standard modular designs.

Instituted the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process, a cyclical readiness process that provides a steady flow of trained and ready units to Combatant Commanders and civil authorities.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to execute modular conversion and implement ARFORGEN to build a campaign-quality expeditionary force able to operate effectively with Joint, interagency, and multinational partners. In 2007 the Army will continue modular conversions of 1 active-component and 4 Army National Guard BCTs, 6 active-component and 27 reserve-component support brigades, and division-, corps-, and theater-level headquarters across both the active and reserve components.

Why is this important to the Army?
Having a campaign-quality expeditionary force is vital to meeting the demands of today’s environment of persistent conflict. For the foreseeable future, the Army will be required to sustain some level of continuous operations in that environment. To do this, and to maintain the capability to win decisively in any future challenge, the Army must have the strategic depth and staying power to conduct sustained operations on land for as long as the Nation requires.