Why is it hard for the US Army to keep 200,000 troops in the MidEast?
January 25, 2011 5:59 PM Subscribe
The US Army has about 560,000 active duty soldiers, plus 550,000 Reserve and National Guard.
Why is the Army under such a strain to keep 100,000 troops in Iraq and 100,000 in Afghanistan?
posted by musofire to law & government (14 answers total)
If the US Army has over a million troops, why is it under a strain to keep two hundred thousand troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, only some of which are actually on the front line?
Aside from the 30,000 troops on the North Korean border, where else are US troops engaged in such a way that they can't be drawn down to support the wars in Iraq and Iran?
As a comparison, did the US Army in World War II maintain a similar percentage of troops behind the lines, or does the modern Army require a great deal more R&R?
What am I not understanding?