Friday March 18, 2005

- One allegation of abuse is too many. About a million Soldiers have deployed in support of OEF/OIF, with more than seventy-thousand detainees handled. There have been over 300 criminal investigations (less than .5%) with more than 100 people held accountable for misconduct.

- Almost all investigations result from a military member seeing something believed to be wrong, and a chain of command that orders an investigation.

- Reported cases of detainee abuse since Apr 04 have declined by nearly 80%.

- The Army has clearly defined MI/MP roles in respect to detainee and interrogation operations. No confusion exists.

- Since Abu Ghraib, the ratio of detainees to guards has been reduced from 1:75 to 1:8.

- Army schools have expanded their training on detainee operations, to include adapting the POI for detainee ops at the US Army Military Police School, Military Intelligence School, and Medical School.

- The Army has trained hundreds in other services in detainee operations techniques, including extensive training on OGA relationships before deploying in support of detainee operations.

- The Army will continue to operate within the law while ensuring interrogators have the tools they need to be successful in a very fluid operational environment.


The FY06 Colonel, Army Competitive Category, Command
Selection Board Results were released Mar. 17. Click here to see the list.


Army-sponsored driver and 2004 NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Points Champion Tony Schumacher, continues his defense of his Second Points Championship at the NHRA Drag Racing "Gator Nationals," Mar. 18-20 in Gainesville, Fla.

Army-sponsored NASCAR Driver Joe Nemechek, continues his quest for a second Top-20 season at the NASCAR "Golden Corral 500," Mar. 20 in Atlanta. Learn more about Army Racing at

Army-sponsored cowboys and bull riders compete in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association competition Mar. 18-20 in Houston.


  • "Training allows Soldiers to save lives in combat" Letter by Sec. Harvey (BS | EB)
  • Maintenance, supply units' excellence rewarded (USAREUR News)
  • Army sets quick delivery of tourniquets to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan (BS | EB)
  • JCS chairman visits 3ID in Baghdad (ARNEWS)
  • Soldiers' families to hold anti-war rally outside of Ft. Bragg (USAT | EB)
  • Army perplexed by humvee crashes (USAT | EB)
  • Active Army, Guard, Reserve boost recruiting resources (AFIS)
  • From combat to rebuilding: A Soldier's view (AFIS)
  • "Army, Marines need priority in Rumsfeld's new defense review" Opinion (RC | EB)


  • Vice Army chief says next troop rotation could be smaller (WP | EB)
  • Possible cut in U.S. forces in Iraq in '06 (NYT | EB)
  • Slow but steady progress to Iraqi government (PI | EB)
  • Myers says Iraq insurgency is declining (NYT | EB)
  • Iraqi unit trains in Jordan for counterterrorism mission (AFIS)
  • Returning troops improvise to find ways out of service (NYT | EB)
  • Rice says Afghans inspiring, but election delayed again (NYT | EB)
  • "Two years later" Editorial (NYT | EB)


  • Rumsfeld: People key to department's transformation (AFIS)
  • Evidence of Iran's nuclear program is growing (WSJ/EB)
  • Iran and U.S. reject each others nuclear bargaining offers (LFT/EB)
  • U.S. weighing policy options regarding Venezuela (MH | EB)
  • Pentagon invites allies to secret talks aimed at sharing burdens (NYT | EB)
  • Europe resists Wolfowitz nomination for World Bank president (WP | EB)


  • UN chief expects Syria to withdraw from Lebanon before the elections (Aljazeera)
  • Lebanese leading opposition MP opposes unity government with new president (The Daily Star)
  • Myers says Jordan's role 'essential' (Jordan Times)
  • Rice to resume North Korea nuclear arms talks (Aljazeera)

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The Army is implementing lessons learned from the war on terror into training for all Soldiers, not just will have more of a focus on values, ethics, leadership, the law of war and the Geneva Conventions.

Col Peter Champagne
Army Deputy Provost Marshal


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