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Deployment Rates

Iraq and Afghanistan from September 11, 2001 to 31 October 2004

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Updated January 16, 2005
Turn on any nighly news program, and you'll hear that about 150,000 U.S. Military troops are currently serving in Iraq. While Afghanistan doesn't make the news as much, between 15,000 and 18,000 are currently serving there.

So, what are your chances of being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan? The Department of Defense recently released deployment data, from 11 December 2001, to 31 October 2004 for Iraq and Afghanistan.

955,609 (about 36%) of our total Active Duty/Reserve/National Guard forces of 2,656,300 have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan during this period. 651,622 (24.5%) have one deployment during this period, and 303,987 (11.4%) have deployed more than once.

For active duty, 708,428 (48.2%) of the force has deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. 494,482 (33.6%) have deployed once, while 213.946 (14.6%) have deployed more than once.

For the National Guard and Reserves, 247,181 (20.8%) have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. 157,140 (13.3%) have one deployment and 90,041 (7.5%) have multiple deployments.

A Little Historical Perspective

DoD estimates that about 31 percent (about 1,790,000) active duty members served in the combat theator during the Korean War, from 1950 to 1953.

About 3,400,000 military members (about 39 percent of active duty) served in Soutyheast Asia during the Vietnam War, from 1955 to 1975.

During the first Gulf War, DoD statistics show that 584,342 active duty members and 110,208 National Guard and Reservists deployed to the Gulf during DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. That represents about 26 percent of the 2.2 million on active duty at the time.

Deployment by Branch

Branch # Deployed % Deployed # One Deployment % One Deployment # Muliple Deployments % Multiple Deployments
Army 279,393 55.9% 182,837 36.6% 96,556 19.3%
Air Force 151,050 39.8% 104,103 27.4% 46,947 12.4%
Navy 177,476 47.2% 134,472 35.8% 43,004 11.4%
Marine Corps 98,979 56.2% 71,710 40.7% 27,269 15.5%
Coast Guard 1,530 4.0% 1,360 3.6% 170 0.4%
 
Army Reserves 64,978 19.7% 41,777 12.7% 23,201 7.0%
Army National Guard 90,649 25.9% 58,133 16.6% 32,516 9.3%
Air Force Reserves 23,023 17.8% 11,893 9.2% 11,130 8.6%
Air National Guard 41,093 37.4% 22,194 20.2% 18,899 17.2%
Marine Corps Reserves 15,595 15.8% 13,772 13.9% 18,823 1.8%
Coast Guard Reserves 188 1.4% 186 1.4% 2 0.0%

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