26 Jun '13, 6pm
Future budgets cuts may drop Corps size down 8,000 more, removing rotational deployment capability
Budget Cuts Mean 8,000 Fewer Marines, Commandant Says By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 If sequestration’s annual spending cuts continue past this year, the Marine Corps will lose 8,000 in troop strength, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said today. “I don’t want this to happen,” the nation’s senior Marine told the Defense Writers Group here. Ongoing sequester cuts will lead to readiness risks, he said, but Corps leaders are working to ensure America will have “the best Marine Corps it can afford.” Amos said he’s already done the unpleasant work of planning for sequester-related spending cuts beyond fiscal year 2013. Before this fiscal year’s sequester cuts took effect March 1, he said, a “very, very small group” of Marine Corps leaders took a look at what would happen to the force if that provision of the 2011 Budget Cont...