US Army Reorganizing, Eliminating Thousands of Posts

As the service suffers with recruiting shortages that make it impossible to bring in enough soldiers to cover all the jobs, the U.S. Army is restructuring to be better equipped to fight the next major conflict and cutting the size of its force by around 24,000, or nearly 5%. Not actual soldiers, but empty posts will be the primary target of the cuts. These positions include counterinsurgency-related ones, which increased during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan but are less necessary now. Army special operations personnel would bear the brunt of almost 3,000 of the layoffs.

 

However, the plan also calls for the addition of 7,500 additional soldiers for other vital roles, including as counter-drone and air defense units, as well as five new task forces with improved cyber, intelligence, and long-range attack capabilities that will be stationed throughout the globe. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George and Army Secretary Christine Wormuth sought to reduce the number of locations with open or surplus slots. Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency are becoming obsolete. Wormuth told reporters on Tuesday, “We want to be prepared for major combat operations.” “So we looked at where were there pieces of force structure that were probably more associated with counterinsurgency, for example, that we don’t need anymore.

 

George went on, “Army leaders conducted extensive analysis in order to determine which areas to cut.” An Army document claims that the military is “much overstructured” and that there aren’t enough personnel to staff the current units. It claimed that the cutbacks are “spaces” rather than “faces” and that the Army will not be requesting that soldiers quit the force. Rather, the choice is a reflection of the fact that the Army has been unable to fill thousands of unfilled positions for years. Although the current configuration of the Army allows for a maximum of 494,000 personnel, there are currently roughly 445,000 active-duty soldiers worldwide. The new plan calls for bringing in enough troops to achieve 470,000 over the course of the next five years.

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