25 Jun '13, 6pm

Report: Army To Announce Force Cuts, Incl. 10 Combat Team Cuts | #News19

WASHINGTON — US Army Chief Gen. Ray Odierno is expected to announce a plan this afternoon to cut at least 10 brigade combat teams (BCT) from the active force, a move that would have a significant impact on several domestic Army installations. Previous publicly stated plans had revolved around reducing the Army’s 47 BCTs by about eight — with two of those coming from already identified heavy brigades stationed in Europe — as the Army winnows its force structure down from 562,000 to 490,000 troops by 2017. But the harsh reality of the mandatory $487 billion in spending reductions required by the 2011 Budget Control Act has been weighing heavily on Army personnel accounts, which have skyrocketed since 2001. Since 2000, Army spending on manpower has shot up 54 percent while the number of active duty soldiers has grown by only about 4 percent, officials have said, while in the ...

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