The U.S. Army is slashing up to 13 Brigade Combat Teams as part of President Obama’s war on the military. In 2011 President Obama signed the Budget Control Act, i.e. sequestration, into law – setting into motion a series of deep and painful cuts to our military that came on top of $490 billion of defense and national security cuts that he signed into law the year prior. The result is a stunning loss of combat power – the Army will go from 45 to 33 brigades. The loss of combat power means the loss of the personnel who compose that power, most of whom are combat hardened veterans with years of deployment and combat experience.
In a massive restructuring, the U.S. Army is slashing the number of active duty combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the country as it moves forward with a longtime plan to cut the size of the service by 80,000.
Officials say the sweeping changes would eliminate brigades at 10 Army bases in the U.S. by 2017, including in Texas, Kentucky, Georgia, 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, and two brigades in Germany have already been scheduled for elimination.
Officials provided details on the plans on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. An announcement is expected Tuesday afternoon. The Army is being reduced in size from a high of about 570,000 during the peak of the Iraq war to 490,000 as part of efforts to cut the budget and reflect the country’s military needs as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end. Additional reductions could be required if Congress allows automatic budget cuts to continue into next year.
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