Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said he would like to decrease the frequency of National Guard deployments during a press briefing at AUSA on Monday. 

McConville said that the National Guard has been deployed at a rate—or Operations Tempo—of about one year for every four years at home station, but that ideally he is hoping to reduce that to about one year deployed for every five years at home station. 

McConville, who became the Army’s top uniformed officer in August, said he has been working with the Director of the Army National Guard Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson on this issue. 

“I’m not going to promise one to five,” McConville said. “But that’s what we think is the sweet spot.”