The military’s active-duty end strength would rise by 15,600 under the compromise version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill released this week by the House and Senate Armed Services committees. The final figure reflects the budget request made by the administration and matched by the House, rather than the recommendation in the Senate version to increase active-duty personnel by only 7,000 personnel. Under the measure, active end strength levels in FY 2019 would increase by:
- Army — 4,000 (to reach an end strength of 487,500)
- Navy — 7,500 (335,400)
- Marine Corps — 100 (186,100)
- Air Force — 4,000 (329,100).
The conference report also calls for a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops starting in January, reported Defense News.
Army photo by Spc. Bradley Clark