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Posts Tagged ‘force structure’

Number of Active-Duty Soldiers Falls below Half Million

  • February 8, 2015
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The end strength of the active-duty Army fell below 500,000 for the first time in a decade, and now stands at 498,642 soldiers. Over the past year, the regular Army shrunk by 24,331 soldiers, reported Army Times. By the end of September, forces are due to drop to 490,000. The budget request released last week by the Obama administration calls for the Army’s end strength to decline to 475,000 by Oct. 1, 2016. Officials have said the force will need to shrink to a size of 450,000 and, possibly, to 420,000 if the existing statutory caps on defense spending remain in place through fiscal 2021. The figures, compiled by the Defense Manpower Data Center, show that as the Army entered 2015 its reserve components had a combined strength of 547,007 soldiers — 349,881 in the National Guard and 197,126 in the Army Reserve.

Colorado Springs Comes out to Shield Ft. Carson from Army Restructuring

  • February 4, 2015
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An overflow crowd made up of Colorado Springs residents and leaders showed up Tuesday afternoon to support Fort Carson at an Army listening session before officials determine how to shrink the service’s end strength by 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. The Army is considering eliminating up to 16,000 personnel — almost all soldiers — from the post by the conclusion of a second round of restructuring intended to cut the service’s end strength to 420,000. The meeting is “not a BRAC hearing,” moderator Ed Anderson, a retired three-star general, emphasized at the outset of the session, which lasted three-and-one-half hours. Brig. Gen. Roger Cloutier, the Army’s director of force management, said “not a single decision has been made …

Budget Proposal Calls for Pause in Marine Corps Drawdown

  • February 4, 2015
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The fiscal 2016 budget request released Monday would retain the active-duty end strength for the Marine Corps at 184,000 for at least one year before dropping to 182,000. The pause is needed to assess “the impact of the four-year drawdown on small unit leaders in the face of a continued high operational tempo,” according to the budget. The number of Marines has been shrinking as the military withdraws from Afghanistan. Overall, the budget requests $24 billion for the Marines’ base budget, a $1.6 billion increase, and seeks to return the Marines Corps to its core mission as an expeditionary, emergency response force …

New BRAC Round Would Limit Military Force Structure, Forbes Says

  • February 3, 2015
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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, said he opposes a new BRAC because conducting a round of base closures would freeze the military’s force structure at a level he believes is too low. “If you believe, as I believe, that these force structures are not right, that we are going to have to build these force structures up greater, then you’d better fight like the dickens to make sure you don’t have a BRAC …

Army Forces to Continue Decline, Air Force to Edge Up, under Budget

  • February 2, 2015
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The Army’s active-duty end strength would continue its steady decline under the president’s fiscal 2016 budget request, falling by 15,000 troops to 475,000. DOD’s current plan calls for the Army’s active forces to shrink to 450,000 by 2018. The number of National Guard soldiers would drop by 8,200 this year to 342,000, and the Army Reserve would hold at 198,000 under the proposal, reported Stars and Stripes. The number of Air Force personnel, after dipping over the past two years, would rise slightly from 483,000 to 492,000, under the FY 2016 request. Many of the new slots would be allocated to the nuclear enterprise and cyber security …

Northeastern Maryland Leaders, Residents Pack Listening Session for Proving Ground

  • February 1, 2015
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More than 450 people, including elected officials, education and business leaders, and employees at Aberdeen Proving Ground, attended a nearly three-hour Army listening session last week to support the post before the service decides how to realign its forces as it shrinks its end strength by 70,000 soldiers. “We are partners with you and provide you with water and sewer, so anything that happens with Aberdeen Proving Ground is of great interest to our city,” said Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett. Bennett pointed out that the proving ground will celebrate 100 years in 2017, while Aberdeen will celebrate its 125th anniversary, reported the Baltimore Sun. “There are things that happen here that cannot be done anywhere else,” said Maj. Gen. Bruce Crawford, the installation’s senior commander and commanding general of Army Communications-Electronics Command …

Support for Army’s Presence in Hawaii Faces Opposition

  • January 29, 2015
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At an Army listening session held near Schofield Barracks on Wednesday, the installation’s supporters easily outnumbered opponents but even the presence of only a small number of residents calling for the Army to downsize may have distracted from Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s goal of showing overwhelming support for the Army. The chamber, which organized a “Keep Hawaii’s Heroes” campaign, said that worst case scenario would strip $1.35 billion in economic activity from the Honolulu region. To demonstrate support across Oahu for the Army, the chamber pointed to the 40,000 signatures it collected on behalf of the Army’s presence in Hawaii …

North Country Gears up for Army Town Hall

  • January 28, 2015
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Local leaders in northern New York are getting ready for the March 20 listening session with the Army intended to provide officials input about community support for Fort Drum before the service decides how to shrink its end strength by 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. A media campaign to alert the public about the event will kick off next week, reported the Watertown Daily Times. On the day of the meeting, the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization is planning to hold a number of small-group events for visiting officials throughout the day highlighting the community’s links to the post across a number of services, including education and health care …

Housing Partner to Expand Eligibility at Camp Lejeune

  • January 28, 2015
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Atlantic Marine Corps Communities is opening up family housing at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to military retirees, surviving spouses of active-duty and retired service members, and DOD employees and contractors. The move is intended to lower the housing project’s vacancy rate. Many installations across DOD have similarly opened their doors to residents who are not active-duty military personnel. “Lejeune is one of the last few installations that hasn’t opened to these categories until now,” Alanna King, marketing manager for Atlantic Marine, told the Jacksonville Daily News …

Army Communities Pull out All the Stops ahead of Listening Sessions

  • January 26, 2015
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The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance is asking area residents to wear green when Army officials visit next week to hear public comments about Fort Carson before the service deliberates over a second round of restructuring intended to shave its end strength to 420,000. The post could lose a maximum of 16,000 soldiers over the two rounds. “The Army is sending out some pretty significant officials,” Andy Merritt, who oversees military affairs for the alliance, told the Colorado Springs Gazette. “We certainly want to be able to make sure those guys go back with a positive view of what is going on here …

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