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Do we really have a unit rotation system? Nope, except for Special Operators

Tom Ricks offers an insight from CNAS’s Phillip Carter on the management of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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I thought we did, but my friend Phil Carter makes a good point:

“We never really had a true unit rotation system in Iraq or Afghanistan; rather, we had a unit rotational system grafted onto an individual personnel management system.

And it’s especially true given the extent of cross-leveling that happened before deployments in both the active and reserve components, to say nothing of the use of individual augmentees.

Only SOF, with its relatively insular personnel pool, had something like a true unit rotation system.”

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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