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By W. Michael Hix, J. Michael Polich, Thomas F. Lippiatt W. Michael Hix, RAND

Analyzes a proposed coverage of retaining as a lot of ahead U.S. military presence in Europe as possible through rotating devices from the U.S. instead of by means of completely stationing them in Europe.

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In today’s environment, for example, personnel from one brigade are often used to support training of another brigade (as observer-controllers or opposing forces, for example). Such activities would be harder to support or could even be curtailed altogether while one brigade is absent from the post. Fifth, as we have noted earlier, rotating brigades would have to train on one type of equipment at home station but utilize a different type while on rotations in Europe. The Army has faced a similar problem in the recent past, as with units rotating to Kuwait.

As we describe below in the section on training and readiness, the resulting equipment incompatibility does pose a difficulty for unit training. ___________ 14 In addition, at the time of this writing one additional set of war reserve equipment was being assembled. 28 SUSTAINING READINESS AND TRAINING Key Questions •Is the rotational policy feasible? •To what extent would the policy: • Enhance soldier and family stability • Save money • Affect readiness and training • Offer other benefits R Arroyo Center We turn now to the policy’s effects on training and readiness.

Fifth, as we have noted earlier, rotating brigades would have to train on one type of equipment at home station but utilize a different type while on rotations in Europe. The Army has faced a similar problem in the recent past, as with units rotating to Kuwait. Sixth, the rotational policy requires participation of all heavy brigades, except those in Korea, to keep the cycle time even as long as 19 months. It would not be realistic to “fence” some divisions out of the rotational plan, for example to maintain a single division continuously available and in a higher state of readiness, to allow time to field new equipment, or to transform to a new organizational structure.

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