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Senate Proceeding on May 20th, 2009 :: 3:36:40 to 3:41:19
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Jon Kyl

3:36:36 to 3:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Kyl: constituency that really every member of the united states represents.

Joseph Lieberman

3:36:40 to 3:41:19( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

3:36:43 to 3:37:05( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that is serve in the united states army. on september 11, 2001, the amendment's active duty was just 480,000; after a decade in which we in congress cut it nearly in half after the cold war ended. in the

Joseph Lieberman

3:37:06 to 3:37:26( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: attacksf september 11th, many members of congress urged a major and the army for the yours wa ahead. that did not happen as we watched with growing concern that our soldiers, members of

Joseph Lieberman

3:37:27 to 3:37:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: force too small for the missions we assigned to them, served through repeated deployments, heroically but under increasing stress. finally, three years ago, administration and congress increased the size of the active duty come point of the u.s.

Joseph Lieberman

3:37:48 to 3:38:10( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: army -- component of the u.s. army from 480,000, the level on 9/11 to of years. in february of this year the army reached that goal well ahead of the schedul been originally anticipated,

Joseph Lieberman

3:38:11 to 3:38:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: fortunately, because every man and woman who joined the army is necessary and has been now we actually have 549,000 active duty soldiers. now, recall that statutory end strength of the

Joseph Lieberman

3:38:34 to 3:38:55( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: army is 547,400. so the army now is literally at a strength greater than its country this achievement expresses the patriotic commitment of the american men and women who have answered the call of duty. in other words, recruitme

Joseph Lieberman

3:38:56 to 3:39:16( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: reenlistments have been so high that there are more the army than the statutory end strength. but they're still not enough. and i will explain why. growing the force was clearly necessary in the army, our soldiers who

Joseph Lieberman

3:39:17 to 3:39:37( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: are bearing the major responsibility for the wars we've been fighting in iraq and afghanistan. bu increased numbers, simply have not proved sufficient to relieve the continued strain on our soldiers. and that's what intends to do during the

Joseph Lieberman

3:39:38 to 3:40:00( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: reminder o covered by this supplemental appropriations bill. i want to talk about "dwell" what is dwell time? it's down but not really r

Joseph Lieberman

3:40:01 to 3:40:25( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: time that is spend back here at home, in the bases, with the families -- not just recovering from the last deployment but also, obviously, preparing and training and upgrading for the next. and, perhaps most to the men and women in the army, it's precious time for our soldiers to spend with their

Joseph Lieberman

3:40:26 to 3:40:46( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: families. today, dwell time of members of the u.s. army is about slightly more than 1 to 1. that means for every year of deployment they're back home, at the base -- traing, preparing, spending time with their

Joseph Lieberman

3:40:47 to 3:41:08( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: family -- for a year. general casey said -- and everybody in our military says that's simply inadequate. too much duty, too quickly, too much stress on our men and women in the u.s. army, in the military. general casey says he has the

Joseph Lieberman

3:41:09 to 3:41:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: goal to get the ratio to 1-2. two years year out at war. and to do so by 2011. in fact, he would like to

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