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    US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said that demands on US military personnel will continue into the foreseeable future, given threat levels and the size of the armed forces.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Demands on US military personnel will continue into the foreseeable future, given threat levels and the size of the armed forces, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said at a Monday national defense conference in Washington, DC.

    “We have been running pretty hard for a long period of time… and I think that is about a fair assumption, we are going to be running pretty hard for some time to come,” Dunford said of the demands on US military personnel.

    US forces are currently being deployed for an equal amount of time as they are at home, Dunford said. Given the demands on the military as well as the size of the forces, Dunford stated he “can’t see a time in the near future where that dynamic is going to change.”

    The United States has waged a War on Terror since 2001, with major military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and current operations against the Islamic State throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

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