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‘‘I think it’s horrible to think they’re going to extend them all,’’ said Anne Chay of Andover, whose son, John Stras, is in Iraq.

Army lengthens tours by 3 months

Move assures soldiers 1-year combat breaks

By Bryan Bender
Globe Staff / April 12, 2007

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WASHINGTON -- The Army, its ranks stretched by years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, has lengthened combat tours from 12 months to 15 months, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced yesterday, describing the move as a "difficult but necessary" way to sustain both missions while allowing soldiers a full year at home between tours. (Full article: 1092 words)

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