Army Cutting 50,000 Soldiers

The U.S. Army plans to reduce its number of Soldiers by nearly 50,000 during a five-year span, a general said.

The Army Times reported Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, service personnel chief, said the reductions would being in March.

The Army will cut forces in various ways, including buyouts, voluntary and involuntary separations and retirements, to bring the total to 520,400 active-duty Soldiers by Sept. 30, 2016, the report said.

Bostick said the Army would focus first on the temporary 22,000-Soldier increase started three years ago to support the troop surge in Afghanistan. A second phase will involve Soldiers added during an expansion that began in 2007.


Army must expand, Pentagon says

The Army needs to add at least 30,000 active-duty soldiers to its ranks to fulfill its responsibilities around the world without becoming stretched dangerously thin, senior Army officials warn.

"You can't do what we've been tasked to do with the number of people we have," Undersecretary of the Army Nelson Ford said in an interview last week. "You can see a point where it's going to be very difficult to cope."


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