July 10, 2015
a move that is sending ripples throughout the military community, the
Army announced that it is cutting 40,000 troops. The drawdown, expected
to take about two years, will have a dramatic impact on military
communities both domestically and abroad.
The cuts will reduce Army end strength to 450,000, a level not seen since before World War II.
the most part, the military has been able to reduce end strength by
cutting the number of troops stationed abroad,” said MOAA's Deputy
Director of Government Relations, Col. Mike Barron, USA (Ret). “With
this announcement, you're going to start seeing a lot of changes
According to Army planning documents, the reduction
is a result of sequestration. If sequestration is allowed to continue,
total Army end strength will decrease to 420,000 soldiers in 2018.
Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told lawmakers that at those levels,
the Army would not be able to meet national security requirements.
were quick to comment on the cuts. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chair of
the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the planned reduction “a
dangerous consequence of a budget driven-strategy.”
emphasized that the more problematic issue caused by the budget fights
between Congress and the White House is the uncertainty for military
planners, troops, and their families.
“This isn't just about
troops,” said Barron. “When you start talking about cuts like these,
you're disrupting local communities; you're making dramatic changes to
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