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Friday, April 20, 2018

Bringing the troops home

"The number of active-duty U.S. military troops stationed overseas has dipped below 200,000 for the first time in at least 60 years," Pew Research Center reported.

That is darned good news.

Most likely it is the lowest number of troops deployed overseas since before World War II, which would be nearly 80 years ago.

The number of overseas troops fell rapidly in the 1990s, and plateaued after 9/11.

This reflects new technology and techniques.

"Within the past 60 years, the U.S. had the most troops overseas during the Vietnam War era. The number of active-duty U.S. troops overseas peaked at 1,228,538 in 1967 (36% of the total active-duty force), with more than 450,000 in Vietnam alone. The following year, Vietnam had the largest U.S. military presence of any single country in the past six decades, with 537,377 troops – nearly 45% of all active-duty troops overseas at the time," Pew Research Center reported.

"This is significantly larger than the peak totals for more-recent conflicts. The total active-duty U.S. military presence in Afghanistan peaked in 2011 at 82,174, while the presence in and around Iraq peaked in 2007 with 218,500 troops."

This is a positive step.

I get that we would rather fight the war in enemy territory, but shouldn't regional wars be fought by our regional allies with the United States in a support role?


  1. As an active duty Army Soldier, this is good news. A question though... does This number include “rotational” units? That is units that are permanently stationed in the States, but spend up to nine month overseas supplementing our forces in Europe or Korea.


  2. I would be interested in knowing the percentage of those overseas vs those stateside. Likely that this percentage is fairly high for peacetime. Since the overall troop size is down, this still may be a significant hardship to the military.

  3. Over half a million in Vietnam!! Such a small country. I guess that genius congressman from Georgia would have been afraid that Vietnam would tip over.

    1. I felt the ground move a few times, but it didn't tip over. Does this number include the MEU's or just boots ashore? I heard that the SLF's in Vietnam were not counted as ashore in spite of the fact they were mostly. It may have just been scuttlebutt, but there are creative ways to count heads.

    2. WE had many, many that were cycled through 'nam on deployments of less than 30 days. Air National Guard units especially. Those didn't count against the numbers either.

    3. Thank you both for your service. I was two years too young for the draft.

  4. Alt-righters most highly surprised.

  5. One of the benefits of a North Korean settlement will be the standing down of 8th Army in South Korea. Imagine the Leftist/NeverTrumpist (but I repeat myself) heads exploding when he officiates over that activity.