About 30 officers from the South Korean army will become part of the 2nd Infantry Division headquarters Thursday as part of a sweeping and unprecedented restructuring of the American headquarters.
The 30 officers, to include a brigadier general, will become part of what officials are calling a combined division stationed in the Republic of Korea. As the division builds its combined structure over the coming months, even more South Korean officers, as well as noncommissioned officers, could be added to the headquarters.
Interesting. I’m not exactly sure how beneficial this is. If the 2ID hasn’t forged a close working relationship with the ROK in the last 60 years, I don’t know how much this will help.
The other interesting issue is 2ID itself. The division headquarters is there, but there is only one BCT of US troops there, and it will be replaced by a rotation of US based BCTs on 9 month tours. How sustainable that will be with other rotational requirements is an open question.
For instance, USARPAC has a new program where rather than sending one battalion to a training exercise with a partner nation, and a different battalion to the next partner nation exercise, instead, one unit will spend approximately 9 months deployed to a series of training events with several different host nations. I’m sure that will be terribly popular with the troops. It was one thing to deploy for a month to the third world and then return to home station. If soldiers wanted continuous 9 month deployments, they’d be sailors.