The extra spending afforded by last week’s budget deal will pay for the increases in active end strength mandated under the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill, a boost of 16,600 service members. That growth would continue under the fiscal 2019 budget request that Pentagon officials unveiled Monday, funding over 14,000 additional active-duty personnel.
Under the five-year plan for the Army, the size of its active force would rise by 4,000 in FY 2019 to 487,500 soldiers. The service will continue to increase its end strength by 4,000 personnel each year to reach 495,500 by FY 2021, reports Defense News.
The Navy would add 7,500 sailors under the FY 2019 request to reach a total of 335,400 active-duty sailors. The service’s long-term plan calls for an active end strength of 344,800 by FY 2023. The Marine Corps would grow by about 1,000 personnel in FY 2019.
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