It’s unfortunate that a rapid expansion wasn’t initiated in 2001 or early 2002 but at least something is happening:
The Army’s new chief of staff said he wants to accelerate by two years a plan to increase the nation’s active-duty soldiers by 65,000.
The Army has set 2012 as its target date for a force expansion to 547,000 troops, but Gen. George Casey said he told his staff to have the soldiers ready earlier.
“I said that’s too long. Go back and tell me what it would take to get it done faster,” he said in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press during a stop in Hawaii.