By W. Michael Hix, J. Michael Polich, Thomas F. Lippiatt W. Michael Hix, RAND
Analyzes a proposed coverage of keeping as a lot of ahead U.S. military presence in Europe as possible by way of rotating devices from the us instead of via completely stationing them in Europe.
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36 Possible Policy Changes That Would Hinder Training and Readiness Reduced force structure • • Heavy: makes unit rotations to support 4 or 5 deployed bdes very difficult Light: still enough light structure to support 1 light bde deployed Question: How would rotation work if heavy structure were reduced by one division? R Arroyo Center Force structure levels are always at issue in defense planning and resource allocation. If the Army were to implement the rotational policy assessed here, the number of heavy brigades in the force would be critical to the success of the policy.
31 Pattern of Activity 16 total heavy brigades, 5 deployed 1 Brigade 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Month of Cycle 11 12 13 14 Stewart 1 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Kuwait Kuwait Stewart 2 Bright Star Benning Hood 1 Europe Kuwait Europe Hood 2 Europe Hood 3 Kuwait Hood 4 Europe Europe Hood 5 Europe Riley 1 Europe Europe Riley 2 Europe Carson 1 Europe Carson 2 Europe Bliss 1 Europe Europe Bliss 2 Lewis 1 15 Europe Europe Europe Lewis 2 Cycle time CONUS Time BCTP Kuwait NTC CMTC Europe Europe 19 months 13 months Most BCTP done with brigade remote BNTF tour 6 months instead of 4 months 8-9 BDE rotations per year 7-8 BNTF rotations per year Implications • One always gone at Hood • Two at home at other places • Lumpy workload R Arroyo Center It seems prudent to expect that today’s requirements will continue into the future, including four brigades in Europe and at least one other heavyunit deployment such as Kuwait.
Red and yellow portions indicate disadvantages, while green portions indicate advantages. The rotation policy would provide more family stability, but at the price of increased family separation. Further, units could probably work within the available cycle times, even including Kuwait or Bosnia as a fifth deployment, although training and readiness would not be optimal. The upfront construction costs associated with restationing the four brigades in CONUS would be substantial but would be paid back with recurring savings within five years of full implementation.
Army Stationing and Rotation Policy by W. Michael Hix, J. Michael Polich, Thomas F. Lippiatt W. Michael Hix, RAND