U.S. Army Re-enlistment September 2015
Maj. Brian Hummel, left, an operations officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, administers the Oath of Enlistment to Spc. Derek Filloy, right, a canon crew member with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, during a re-enlistment ceremony on Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 21, 2014.|Photo by Staff Sgt. Bryce Dubee, 1st ACB PAO, 1st Cav. Div.

US Army to Cut Approximately 40,000 Soldiers by 2017

The US Army will drop down to 450,000 soldiers both domestically and abroad in two years time, according to multiple reports.

The U.S. Army will reportedly cut a total of 40,000 soldiers, both home and abroad, over the next two years.

The move will drop the Army down to a total of 450,000 soldiers, and is expected to go no lower.

According to a report from USA Today:

The Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years, a reduction that will affect virtually all of its domestic and foreign posts, the service asserts in a document obtained by USA Today.

… An additional 17,000 Army civilian employees would be laid off under the plan officials intend to announce this week. Under the plan, the Army would have 450,000 soldiers by Sept. 30, 2017, the end of the 2017 budget year. The reduction in troops and civilians is due to budget constraints, the document says.

The total of 450,000 soldiers is a significant drop from the 570,000 soldiers enlisted during the peak of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to USA Today.

The Army has yes to release a statement on the proposed cuts.

To read more on the cuts, please visit USAtoday.com.

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