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U.S. Army Axing Thousands Of Jobs, Nearly 5% Of Force  

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OAN’s Brooke Mallory
12:25 PM – Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The U.S. Army is “better equipped to fight the next major conflict,” as the military suffers from a recruiting shortage that makes it impossible to bring in enough soldiers to cover all the jobs needed. The military has been reorganized by reducing its military strength by approximately 24,000 people, or nearly five people. %.

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Most of the cuts will apply to currently vacant positions, such as counterinsurgency positions that were in high demand during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Army special operations personnel will bear the brunt of the roughly 3,000 layoffs.

But the plan also calls for an additional 7,500 soldiers to fill key roles such as anti-drone and air defense forces, as well as 550 soldiers to strengthen cyber-attack, intelligence and long-range strike capabilities. Two new task forces will be deployed across the country. glove.

Army documents claim the military is “grossly overstructured” and does not have enough personnel to staff its current units. He also said the Army will not ask soldiers to retire because the reductions are in “space,” not “surface.”

The choice is said to reflect the fact that the Army has been unable to fill thousands of vacancies in recent years. The Army’s current structure can accommodate up to 494,000 personnel, but there are currently only about 445,000 soldiers on active duty. The new plan calls for committing enough troops to reach 470,000 troops over the next five years.

The Army is in need of a rapid and significant build-up to fill brigades that have been sent to the front lines through two decades of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is “why the planned reshuffle is taking place.” This included large-scale counterinsurgency operations against the Taliban, the Islamic State group, and al-Qaeda.

The military’s focus has gradually shifted to challenges posed by Iran and North Korea, and competition from rivals such as China and Russia.

Army officials said they have scrutinized every profession in the military and identified areas for cuts. To determine where to send more personnel, they also looked at current efforts to upgrade the Army with new, cutting-edge weapons.

The plan calls for the Army to eliminate about 10,000 jobs in engineering and other positions related to counterinsurgency operations. 6,500 will come from various training and other posts, and another 2,700 from units that can be reduced “because they deploy infrequently.”

About 10,000 jobs will be eliminated from Security Force Support Brigades, Infantry Brigade Combat Teams, Cavalry Companies, and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, which train foreign troops.

The Army claims these upgrades will make it better equipped to conduct large-scale combat operations against adversaries with greater technological know-how. However, they also emphasized that the military as a whole faces serious challenges in recruiting.

The Marine Corps and smaller Space Force met their recruiting goals in the most recent fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30.th. In contrast, the Army, Navy, and Air Force all failed to achieve their goals. The Army recruited just over 50,000 soldiers, far short of its “stretch goal” of 65,000.

Last year, the Army also fell short of its enlistment target by 15,000 people. The goal for that year was about 60,000 people.

In response, the service launched a comprehensive recruiting effort last fall, with an emphasis on younger candidates who have attended college or are just beginning their careers.

Secretary of the Army Christine Worms, speaking about the adjustments at the time, said the Army has been less successful in recruiting “for more years than you would think just by looking at the headlines of the last 18 months.” She claimed that since 2014, the Army has not met its annual targets for new enlistment contracts.

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