The Army announced Friday it will shorten the length of tours of duty for most troops from one year to nine months.
The Army said the change will go into effect Jan. 1 and be fully implemented by April 1. The new deployment policy will allow soldiers more time at home with their families.
“Implementation of this change is based on the projected demand for Army forces, and remains contingent on global security conditions and combatant commanders’ requirements,” said Lt. Col. Peggy Kageleiry, an Army spokeswoman.
AFP reports the Army is looking to allow soldiers to spend two years in the U.S. for each year they are deployed. However, the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have resulted in consecutive deployments for many personnel.
Corps units and above, and individual augmentee deployments will remain at one year. Army officials said the goal is to eventually reduce corps units to nine-month deployments.