Surge Math

In all the talk of surging troops or escalation or what ever we are going to call this I have lost track of something.  The tooth to tail ratio in the U.S. Army is approximately 4 to 1.  That means for every combat soldier there are four support troops to get them in position and maintain them there.
So my question is, is the 20,000 troops all teeth?  That would mean coming up with around 100,000 soldiers.  Or is this 4,000 front line soldiers and around 16,000 support troops.  I'd really like to know how many soldiers we are actually talking about.  Anyone?

Tags: Escalation, Iraq War, surge (all tags)

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