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Release No: 029-07
January 11, 2007

Secretary Gates Recommends End Strength Increases


            Today the Secretary of Defense announced he has recommended to the President a permanent increase to the end strength of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.  His proposal is for an increase of 92,000 personnel over the next five years:  65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines.


            The proposal would make permanent the temporary increase of 30,000 soldiers and 5,000 Marines.  Furthermore, it recommends an annual increase of 7,000 soldiers and 5,000 Marines until the Army reaches a level of 547,000 and the Marine Corps reaches a level of 202,000.


            This increased combat capability will provide the necessary forces for success in the long war on terror.


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