The secretary of the Army says he hopes the length of deployments will drop to 12 months by summer from the current 15 months.
Army Secretary Pete Geren said at a news conference Thursday at Fort Bragg that there are caveats to that plan, including what happens on the ground.
General George Casey, the Army chief of staff, made similar comments Wednesday to the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C.
Geren also attended a ceremony for a change of commanders of the 16th Military Police Brigade. He also visited the headquarters of the 1st Battalion of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division.