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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 accelerate the Grow the Army (GTA) plan.

What is the Army doing?
The President approved and Congress authorized this plan in January 2007. The increases include: Active Component (AC) to 74,200, a growth of 65,000, 8,200 in the Army National Guard (ARNG), and 1,000 in the United States Army Reserve (USAR). The plan, as amended by the FY10 Budget proposals, builds toward a total of 73 Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) and approximately 227 support brigades with enabling combat support and combat service support structure to improve the balance of forces across all three components and better meet the global force demand in an era of persistent conflict. This decision to expand the size of the Army reflects the clear recognition by the President, the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), and the Congress of the importance of Joint ground forces to meet strategic requirements and the need to reduce stress on Soldiers and Families related to the increasing and enduring operational demands.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future
In September 2007, the SECDEF approved the Chief of Staff of the Army initiative to accelerate by the end of FY10 the end strength growth of the AC to 547,400 and ARNG to 358,200. The USAR is working an initiative to accelerate growth to 206,000 by FY10. Even with the adjustments in the FY10 Budget proposal, the growth of additional BCTs in the AC will be accelerated to be completed by the end of FY11 to support restoring balance in the force.

The Army conducted Total Army Analysis (TAA) 2010-2015 to determine the appropriate balance for the force structure allowance between the operating force and the generating force while integrating the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model into requirements development and resourcing. This TAA continues to ensure that sufficient capacity in stability operation capabilities are built as well as addressing civil affairs psychological operations and other force sufficiency shortfalls. The TAA will also addressed trainee, transient, holdee, and student (TTHS) accounts in all three components by mitigating the AC TTHS account program shortfalls, establishing the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) cadre in the ARNG, and right-sizing the USAR TTHS to re-invest in other required capabilities.

Why is this important to the Army?
The combined effects of growth and rebalance will restore the Army’s strategic depth to meet combatant commander requirements and transform the Reserve Components to an operational force.

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