With budget pressures continuing to mount, the Army may be forced to shrink below the 520,000 troops currently called for by the Pentagon, according to the Washington Post.
Currently, the Army has 569,000 troops, including 22,000 troops that are a part of a temporary increase that will expire in 2014. The Army is examining whether the 520,000 figure is still accurate, or should be even lower. Simultaneously, leaders are examining future threats, and determining what kinds of soldiers the Army will need in the future.
The troop reductions also come while the United States is continuing to drawdown its forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Earlier this summer, President Obama announced that thanks to progress in those two wars, thousands of troops would be coming home this year and next.