Despite the looming prospect of far-reaching changes to the armed forces, including reductions in force structure and adjustments to military compensation, the Navy will not be reducing its number of uniformed personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran, deputy chief of naval operations, said Wednesday.
“I’m not anticipating having to cut people at all … The future is really bright for folks who want to continue to serve,” Moran, who also serves as chief of naval personnel, said in response to the first question during a worldwide all-hands call.
He said the Navy expects to have a force of about 324,000 sailors in five years, the same as it does today, reported Stars and Stripes.
Sailors also asked about proposed cuts to the basic housing allowance and the discounts offered at commissaries. Moran said those were “myths,” pointing out that pay is going up but the rate of growth is slowing.
“They are certainly not cuts to those programs,” he responded.