Additional Field Manual revisions are made and launched, and training is again modified to better equip and prepare the Soldiers readying for deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Army Reserve and National Guard
The Army Reserve continues to be aligned into a functional command structure, with the majority of units now assigned to operational and functional commands.
The new Army Service Uniform (ASU) is adopted for wear, and must be worn Army-wide as mandatory dress by October 2015. It is intended to replace the existing green and white uniforms with a new "dress blue" version.
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Ready and Resilient
The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill approves an expansion of benefits for military veterans serving since Sept. 11, 2001. They are eligible for additional education tuition assistance, as well as a housing allowance.
Logistics is established as a basic branch of the Army, pursuant to the authority of Section 3063(a)(13), Title 10, United States Code.
FM 3-0, Operations, is revised. This is the first major revision to the operations manual since June 14, 2001.
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Violence in Iraq is reportedly curtailed by 40-80 percent, according to a Pentagon report.
Master Sgt. Woodrow W. Keeble is awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during the Korean War, on Oct. 20, 1951.
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Spc. Monica L. Brown becomes the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the United States' third-highest medal for valor.
Pvt. 1st Class Ross A. McGinnis is awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom, on Dec. 4, 2006.
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A suicide bomber attacks the Indian Embassy in Kabul, killing 50 people. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai blames Pakistani Intelligence, who deny participation.
Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli becomes the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, replacing Gen. Richard A. Cody.
President George W. Bush authorizes an additional 4,500 troops for operations in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon Memorial is opened to the public. It is a permanent outdoor memorial to the 184 men and women who lost their lives during the 2001 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
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Basic Combat Training increases from nine to 10 weeks.
The U.S. signs a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq. The agreement calls for all U.S. forces to be out of Iraqi cities by the end of 2009, and out of the country by 2011.
FM 3-07, Stability Operations, is released as a doctrine designed as a road map from conflict to peace.
about FM 3-07
Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody becomes the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general.
FM 7-0, Training Units and Developing Leaders for Full Spectrum Operations, is released. This is the first time the Army has synchronized the manuals for operations and training.
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