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Edition: Wed, December 20, 2006
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BCT Acceleration of Modular Conversion

What is it? The Army will accelerate the modular conversion of two active-component Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) to increase the combat capability of our Nation's available armed forces. The modular conversion of these two units ahead of schedule marks another positive milestone in the ongoing transformation of the Army's premier fighting unit: the Brigade Combat Team.

What has the Army done? The 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kan., will pass its transition-team mission and resources to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and convert to a Heavy Brigade Combat Team starting in April 2007. This conversion occurs 11 months earlier than planned. The Brigade Combat Team will also re-flag in September 2007 to become the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, which aligns all our Fort Riley unit flags under the 1st Infantry Division's colors.

The 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division - currently a brigade in name only; scheduled to stand up and form at Fort Knox, Ky., in 2008 - will convert to an Infantry Brigade Combat Team starting in April 2007, 17 months earlier than planned. However, because its facilities are not yet ready at Fort Knox, the Brigade Combat Team will form at Fort Hood, Texas. The unit will train and prepare for deployment to combat at Fort Hood, return from combat to Fort Hood, and subsequently re-station to Fort Knox, its home base, in late Fiscal Year 2009.

Why is the Army doing this? The new Brigade Combat Teams support a larger Army initiative to increase the number of combat and combat-support units available to support both current and future combat and homeland-defense missions. When we increase the total number of available active-component BCTs in the Army, units and - more importantly - Soldiers will have a few more months at home than they presently have, known as dwell time. Currently, the ratio is one year deployed time to sometimes less than one year at home station. Today's dwell-time pace cannot be sustained indefinitely by the Active Army. When we increase the number of available BCTs for the ready-force pool it will help to slow or reduce the amount of stress on our current force structure.

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Referral Program is Increased to $2K

Effective 13 November 2006 the maximum bonus under the referral program is increased to $2K. The amount will be payable in two lump sums as follows:
- $1K will be paid upon commencement of basic training by the person referred.
- $1K will be paid upon completion of One Station Unit Training (OSUT) or Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

The payment will be $1K for any referral made prior to 13 November 2006.

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