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Extended training announced for Army’s citizen soldiers

For the 555,000 citizen soldiers in the Army National Guard and Reserves, the drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan won’t necessarily mean a return to the pre-war training schedule of “one weekend a month, two weeks a year.” Instead, according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Guardsmen and Reservists’ training could extend from the two-week block to up to seven weeks of away-from-home training, in addition to their monthly drills.