08 Oct '17, 11pm

Personnel chief: The Army is preparing to grow the force by 17,000 soldiers in 2018

In January, the Army set a goal to grow the force to 1.018 million soldiers by the end of September. They did it with help from hefty retention and recruitment incentives, and, according to the service’s deputy chief of staff for personnel, the Army is poised to do it all over again in 2018. The Army is asking Congress for 17,000 more troops as an unfunded requirement, Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands told Army Times in a Sept. 28 interview. “Ten thousand in the active, and 4,000 for the Guard and 3,000 for the Reserve,” Seamands said. “Right now, the House is supporting the entire thing we have asked for. The Senate has a number that is less than that.” This time last year, that Army had been on track to shrink the force down to 460,000 in the active component. The National Defense Authorization Act, signed by Barack Obama right before Christmas, reversed that course, giving the ...

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