The move will drop the Army down to a total of 450,000 soldiers, and is expected to go no lower.
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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.
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The Army has yes to release a statement on the proposed cuts.
To read more on the cuts, please visit USAtoday.com.