US Army to Add 22K Soldiers

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2009 2:16 AM CDT
The Army's active-duty strength will increased to 569,000 from its current 547,400.   (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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(Newser) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates is temporarily boosting the Army's ranks with 22,000 new soldiers, reports the Army Times. The increase, which follows a permanent increase of 65,000, will reduce the strain on the forces over the next three years, according to Gates. The hike "will be used to ensure that our deploying units are properly manned and not to create new combat formations," Gates said at the Pentagon yesterday.