Army to cut brigades at 10 US bases by 2017 to cut spending as wars end

Army to cut brigades at 10 US bases by 2017 to cut spending as wars end (Image 1)
Army to cut brigades at 10 US bases by 2017 to cut spending as wars end (Image 1)

ASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Army is slashing the number of combat
brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases
around the country as it moves forward with the long-planned move to cut
the size of the service by 80,000.

Officials say the massive restructuring plans would
eliminate brigades at 10 Army bases in the U.S. by 2017, including in
Texas, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina, New York, Kansas and
Washington. The Army will also cut thousands of other jobs across the
service, including soldiers in units that support the brigades.

Officials provided details on the plans on
condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the
matter publicly.

The Army is being reduced from a high of about 570,000 during the Iraq war to 490,000.

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