BRAC growth may result in only 22,000 soldiers, DOD civilians, contractors and their dependents coming to Fort Benning, a 6,000-person drop from the estimate officials had been using for the past several years.
Factors behind the lower projection include tighter budgets, units leaving or being deactivated at the western Georgia post and a reduction in the number of personnel needed to run the Armor School, which is shifting to Benning from Fort Knox, reported the Ledger-Enquirer. Overall, officials are expecting 1,700 fewer soldiers, 600 fewer civilians and 3,600 fewer family members.
Separately, Benning officials may have to cut 15 percent of the installation’s civilian workforce in fiscal 2012 as the post is forced to absorb its share of an Army-wide reduction in its civilian payroll. Currently 5,500 Army civilians work at the installation.
“We know it’s going to be ugly, and we’re looking at those possibilities that we can to save as many resources as possible,” George Steuber, Benning’s deputy garrison commander, told the Ledger-Enquirer.