General: Army to cut 8.6% of troops
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick says the troop cuts will take place over five years.
September 26th, 2011
09:24 AM ET

General: Army to cut 8.6% of troops

The U.S. Army in March will embark on a plan to cut 50,000 troops, or 8.6% of its soldiers, over five years, the service's personnel chief tells Army Times.

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick said the cuts will bring the Army's total force to 520,400 active-duty soldiers by October 2016, according to the Army Times report.

“We feel that with the demand going down in Iraq and Afghanistan, and given the time to conduct a reasonable drawdown, we can manage (the force reduction) just as we have managed drawdowns in the past,” Army Times quotes Bostick as saying.

The troop cuts will come in two phases, Bostick told the newspaper, with the first covering the 22,000 troops added to the service three years ago to support the troop surge in Afghanistan. A second phase will cover 27,000 slots added in the Grow the Army program, begun in 2007, he said.

The Army hopes to achieve the cuts through retirements, buyouts and voluntary and involuntary separations, Bostick told Army Times.

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  1. dog catcher

    I would be furious if i was in the militarie. They are already getting shooted at by the enemy and now this report on our own people trying to cut them.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • SGT Bell

      Why would you be furious? You're not in the military so you have no say in this. I'm on my 10th year of service. We honestly don't need this many troops with both wars winding down. The whole reason we added those troops was becasue we were fighting to wars and most troops only had 9-12 months of downtime. Now we are up to 2 years in most cases. This will help the government by not spending money it doesn't need to.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Geosuicide

      Your spelling makes me furious.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Some are in the firing line, but there a tiny percentage on average, most of them spend their time making babies, driving around in one of their two SUV's, drinking partying enjoying 3 and 4 days weekends every month!

      September 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dog catcher

    This needs to be looked into by congress.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. big joe

    I agree with you on that. This just doesnt seem right. What are these army guys going to do if they loose their jobs. They cant all work at Walmart and killing people isnt really a marketable skill. Maybe they could get jobs as policemens or something.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      Zbig and his student wish to thank "the 22,000 troops added to the service three years ago to support the troop surge in Afghanistan".

      September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. cornel

    Why dont we just leave them over there but stop paying them? If they are patriotic they will keep fighting against the bad guys. Bringing the troops back here will just drive up the unemployment rate. We dont need them here.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • nightshade.

      Why don't we just leave you where you are and quit paying you ? That is if you even work .

      September 26, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      I will resist the urge to tell you how idiotic your statement is. As a retired Marine, who served as an infantryman and in combat; I'd have to say that your philosophy has infected this country for too long! Do all of us a favor and move to France! They seem to be as ignorant and weak as you!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Geosuicide


      Please don't breed.



      September 26, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. WHAT????

    Wth is WRONG with you people? Cornel, may you get fired and end up living in a box for that really, really sh!tty sentiment towards our military personnel. Shame on you!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. WHAT????

    Big joe, you are delusional if you think that's all our military does. Anti-American jack ass!

    September 26, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©


    I agree with What???.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. james

    We already have a super high unemployment rate. ILLegal immigrants taking jobs, etc. We sure dont need those army people coming over here taking what few jobs there are. Plus they will be trying to get benefits like free medical care and unemplopyment checks. We really shouldnt be bringing them back to the US.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Geosuicide


      September 26, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. neena

    What we need to do is have better border patrol to keep these people out.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman & kcmo resident )

    they took errr jobs!!!!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Average Joe

    Mexico is looking for hired guns. They could get jobs there. This would make Obama happy.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. neena

    That is 100 percent right our good friend. I was thinking that but didnt type it. Maybe they could work for the mexican cartels or be protection people for drug dealers.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. PACO

    Some homies joined with this in mind. When they get back they can be mega gangstas. All that marine training and now set loose in the hood.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. somepeopleareidiots

    I can't believe how some people are looking at this situation. It isn't like these soldiers are illegals coming to take our jobs; these people and their families are citizens of the United States and they have earned everything that they have gotten and more. It is sad that these people put their lives on the line in war, only to lose their job because our government can't get their heads out of their butts and curb spending (don't you wonder how much of it is going to their paychecks and benefits as well as big business???). This is just sad all around.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. davec0121

    I really, really wish that people wouldn't clutter up these discussion columns with silly drivel that they think is 'clever'.

    It's actually common to cut troop strength after a war (or wars, in this case). Nothing really new or startling here.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
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