• Thousands Soon to be Involuntarily Separated from the Army

    According to an article in Defensenews.com, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno says the Army must soon reduce its numbers by 80,000 personnel and as many as 16,000 of those could be by involuntary separation. The reductions are coming because of the ending of the American combat presence in Iraq and the projected withdrawal of the majority of combat troops now in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

    However, he also said that if Congress does not reach an agreement on the budget soon and the so-called “sequestration” goes into effect as is now scheduled, another 80,000 to 100,000 troops would have to be cut, bringing to total force down to 400,000 personnel. Although he didn’t say how many additional troops would have to be involuntarily separated in that circumstance, it no doubt would be the vast majority of them.

    Sounds like the Carter Administration to me.
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