The Army’s vision statement outlining the challenges it will face by 2028 and how it will overcome them calls for the service’s active-duty end strength to rise to 500,000. The service currently is slated to grow to 483,500 by Oct. 1. The FY 2019 defense authorization bill passed by the House directs the service to add 4,000 active-duty personnel, matching the administration’s budget request. The version advancing in the Senate calls for adding only 2,241 soldiers next year.
“I think a vision, by its nature, is aspirational, but we are doing things now to plan, prepare or implement it,” Secretary Mark Esper told Army Times.
Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Allyson Manners