Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Shorter Tours Depends On Fighting

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the length of duty tours in Iraq depend on the fighting, but he wants to reduce 15-month tours to 12 months.

Adm. Mike Mullen spoke Monday to a group of about 350 soldiers from Fort Bragg and airmen from Pope Air Force Base. The Fayetteville Observer reported that Mullen said he wants troops to be at home longer but security in the region is the priority.

Mullen said the challenge for the Pentagon was to balance the missions it has around the world with the health of service members.

He also said that service members soon may be able to bring families with them on assignments to Korea.

Mullen planned a visit Tuesday to Camp Lejeune.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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