Essay on Army Drawdown

2777 Words Jul 15th, 2012 12 Pages
THE ARMY RESTRUCTURING PLAN 2
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The U.S. Army plans on cutting 80,000 soldiers by 2013. This will be done by cutting the number of combat brigades from 45 to as low as 32. This restructuring comes as the Pentagon works on its 2013 fiscal year budget, which much reflect $260 billion in savings over the next five years. On January 26, 2012 senior DOD leaders released a new defense strategy, this is based on the current budget constraints. “This new strategy will focus on a smaller, leaner military that is agile, flexible, rapidly deployable, and more technologically advanced (Feikert & Henning page 5, 2012).” This new military will
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Military personnel will still see a raise of 1.7%, but retirees will be hit with increases in health care fees, deductibles and co-pays. This will be a burden of retirees who are under 65 and have another job, also the one's who make more money. “Chairman of the House Armed Service Committee Buck McKeon, warned that steep cuts to the military funding are ill-advised because of the potential for future conflicts that cannot be foreseen (Jaffe, 2012).” Going back to past wars, the military lowered it's numbers after each one and was not ready for the attacks that happened in the future. The Defense budget has been subject to large cuts in funding which is know as the “sequester,” this was the result of the super committee failure to reach an agreement last summer. That was when the freeze was on the military pay for a month. Many officials believe the cuts by Obama are way too early. With all the draw down and cutting back they are asking the military to constantly do more with less. The military is looking to come up with the right joint force. The Army grew during the past ten years, they were in need of soldiers and did mass recruiting. Now that the wars are drawing down it seems like they are just dumping these soldiers on the sideline's. They do not realize what these soldiers have been through especially with all the mental health issues. Ray Odierno said he is comfortable with corrections being made, based on future

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