Army Squad Size May Be Reduced

Top uniformed leadership called for a look at cutting the Army Squad Size from nine soldiers to as low as six.

Going smaller while focusing investments on increasing the combat punch a small unit can bring to bear will “make us more affordable, yet as capable” as the service is now, one leading general said. A key point is also to become faster and more expeditionary.

One senior leader said that in coming years, the Army will have to “reduce the size of our formations but increase the capability of our formations. …If we can be more effective with less people it will make us more expeditionary.”


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