The Army's vice chief of staff says he will continue to focus on rebalancing the force in 2009 as the United States continues to fight wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Gen. Peter Chiarelli said in an interview today that the Army was seeing strong recruiting and retention numbers, which will allow it to meet its goal for growing the force sooner than expected. He said economic factors may be contributing to the strong numbers.
As soldiers continue to return from war, Chiarelli said the Army must work to provide essential medical care for those suffering from traumatic brain injuries or post traumatic stress disorder.
He said the challenge is finding enough providers in the military and civilian populations to treat soldiers.