General: With cuts, Marine Corps will ‘cut into bone’

Image: United States Marine Coprs Official Page Severe budget cuts…

The Corps' Commandant
Image: United States Marine Coprs Official Page

Severe budget cuts will require the Marine Corps to “cut into bone” as officials are forced to make painful decisions in the months and years ahead, the service’s top general warned troops and their families in a letter distributed throughout the force over the weekend.

With sequestration in effect, the Marine Corps faces a shortfall of about $1.4 billion through the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, and approximately $2 billion annually through 2022, said Gen. James Amos, the commandant.

Though thin on specifics, his letter indicates deep concern about the effect these cutbacks will have on the Corps’ active-duty and Reserve personnel, their families and the 20,000 civilians whom the service employs throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Source: Andrew deGrandpre for the Marine Corps Times via USA Today

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