Costs Soar For National Guard Training Overhaul

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Revamping the Army National Guard training program so soldiers can spend more time at home will cost at least $128 million this year.

Officials will need twice as much next year to properly train and equip their forces.

The Guard has been trying to condense the training process, and has managed to chop months off the time citizen soldiers spend away from their jobs and families because of deployments in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The $128 million is needed to hire new trainers and set up command posts in each state and territory.

The Guard's chief of training says the current funding allows units to begin training for their deployment a year before they are scheduled to go. He says it would be better if they could start two years before deployment.

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