reply to post by getreadyalready
They don't add up due to rotations. Stop losses and stop moves normally only apply during deployments. So if you have an ETS or PCS 90 days out from a
deployment date, you usually get stopped. Soon as you get back though your gone within the time it takes to outprocess.
The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan rotate on deployments. Army 1 year, Marines 6 months, and Air Force 4 months.
The units then get a break in rotation, start field exercises and the cycle then starts all over again. Our units are always going through constant
exercises and inspections when not deployed. Some units also never deploy depending on their mission, like most units that deal with nuclear, chemical
and biological weapons. Strategic bombers (B-52s, B-1s, B-2s) and their support crews usually don't stay gone very long with short missions overseas.
We have quite a few of them too, 77 B-52s, 66 B-1s, and and 20 B-2s. Keep in mind how many personnel it takes to fly and support each one.
You have to remember not all units can do the same job either. You can't take Fuelers and make them into MPs. Each unit has a specific type of mission
they can perform. 75% of any decent military are support elements that sustain the combat units that make up around 25%. So the vast majority of the
military are non combat elements, like cooks, truck drivers, mechanics, supply, etc.
Lastly we keep a large number of forces at sea in Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups. Just the Supercarriers carry over 6000 personnel.
Currently we have 10 operational. Thats 60,000 personnel just sitting on carriers. Thats not including the other ships in each Strike Group,
destroyers, cruisers, submarines, and supply ships. We also have 12 Expeditionary Strike Groups. Each of these carry around 2000 Marines in addition
to the ships crews. Each include an Amphibious Assault Ship, Amphibious Tranport Dock, Dock landing Ship, Cruisers, Destroyers, and Submarines. So at
any given moment we could have about 150,000 personnel just floating around in the Pacific and the Atlantic.
On the issue of gear, the vast majority of that was fixed years ago. When a unit deploys they get a near unlimited budget. Its up to the unit
commanders to request proper gear and equipment. Proper also meaning what they actually need for their mission and not coolkids gear. Just because a
transportation unit deploys doesn't mean they get to have highspeed gear like Rangers.
edit on 17/12/10 by MikeboydUS because: !