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.
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."