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    Army Shift from Brigades Back to Divisions Raises Concerns Among Retired Generals

    Army Shift from Brigades Back to Divisions Raises Concerns Among Retired Generals

    Change is afoot in the : Divisions are returning to prominence.

    From recent reporting to rumors and offhand comments made during briefings, an image is beginning to emerge of the Army of the future. Bursting with enablers and officers, full general staffs, additional brigade and battalion headquarters with more staff, and funding, the divisional headquarters may soon replace brigade headquarters as a unit's heart.

    That would mark a big change from the past 20 years. During much of the Global War on Terror, or GWOT, the action downrange in combat and at home in garrison was at the brigade combat team, or BCT, level. For the overwhelming majority of veterans in and , “division” was a combat patch, a notional way of organizing brigades.

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    “The BCT model worked really well during GWOT,” according to a retired brigadier general with experience at the brigade and division level who agreed to an interview on the condition that his name not be used. “In that fight, most of the tactical challenges could be dealt with by a rifle company. The Army fights two levels down; two levels up from the company level is the brigade.”

    In a literal sense, divisions never left. While at garrison, the division was the origin of daily or weekly operations orders and taskings for troops. Downrange in Iraq or Afghanistan, the…

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