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. JOE

    The best Republican/Teabagger is a dead one. Force them to drink Cool-Aid or turn them over to Al Qaeda.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • concerned vet

      just so long as you send all the rest of the politicians right along with them. Living in Illinois, I've got to say it must be the most corrupt state in the union. They should serve one term, then all automatically go straight to jail.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. forgetthis

    It's a start, now how about you close your bases in places like Germany and Spain? Come on, what do they do at those bases that they cant do here in the US?

    September 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayhawker

      You're extremely ignorant.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roy

    We need to cut all of congress but the super 12 committee.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      If you really think giving a very small group of people immense amounts of power a good thing. I would call you fascist...

      September 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TheFatherofLies

    Mobilize. If push were to come to shove and we needed to back an ally to protect our own interests across the pond or elsewhere those bases are essential. And similar installations would be far more costly with today's dollars than those of 40's-present. You won't be seeing US shudder it's European fortresses any day soon.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rethink

      Agreed. It's "shutter," though.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDT

      why not use drones and missiles... there is absolutely no need to put regulars in harms way anymore. Close the bases, beef up our missile/drone count, and boost specil forces numbers. Put the grunts on our borders. There, I solved two problems... now on to the economy.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDT

      that is "special" forces... sometimes I think I'm specil...

      September 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      JDT - Wars or conflicts aren't won by drones, missles and bombs. Wars get won by boots on the ground, war should not be turn into a video game, it a very bad thing to take part in (I have five combat tours on the with the Infantry). To have a strong national defense we must maintain a strong army, navy, air force and marine corp. Troops should be used on the borders that what we have border patrol for, who I said need to be better paid, equipped and armed. Soldiers are used to go in and kill enemy forces, they are not law enforcement or border enforcement. Two are different until we start shooting illegal it not the job of the armed forces, it a job for the border partol and ICE. One day hopefully our government will let them do their jobs.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schmedley

      JDT, they *are* moving to drones and missiles. Predators and other larger UAV are being deployed in Somalia and Yemen now. Maybe all that time on the Xbox will be useful for kids after all...

      September 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schmedley

      Bob, while that is true of holding territory for stabilizing new governments like in Afghanistan, there are times like in Yemen and Somalia that you don't want to "win" any territory. You have a bunch of dirtbags that are hiding out in a failed state because there is no effective government and they have free run. So you hover a bunch of drones overhead and drop Hellfires on their heads every now and then to take out the leaders and keep them from organizing effectively.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Capitan

    "Get off of my lawn!!"

    September 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Heh

    Dude, lay down the meth pipe.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David M

    Well now. There's an informed and well thought-out comment. NOT! Apparently you feel that comments such as yours are taken seriously. They're not.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Realistic85

    Really??? I mean really??? How stupid are you?

    September 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leader247

    Offer early retirement so I can get out.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. larry5

    Not to worry. The election approaches. It's been months since Obama has started a war. Full employment is a sure thing as his poll numbers crash.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • richunix

      So how did you come up with a wonderful political approach? Did you honestly think these whack-job crazies Tea Partiers have a better approach? SINCE IT WAS BUSH in 2007/8 created this mess? SORRY DUDE STIMLUS package that was created was signed by BUSH before he left OFFICE (Not Obama). I do agree that we as a nation need to put-aside our hateful partisan politics. But I’m fearful of becoming as Rome did, change from a Republic to an Empire and maintaining a LARGE armed force is what happened to Rome. We should not be the world policeman, make the UN do what the UN was chartered to do and if they fail…then let the world react as a whole…not just send in American troops and American goods. You forget the majority of Armed forces in these counties are American Soldiers (almost 3-1).

      September 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. welcome home troops

    to clarify. returning home and 'stealing jobs' right. servicemembers have a right to work especially after volunteering to serve our country. if you want to denounce them. go kick rocks you hippie clown. if your having problems with jobs cut your hair and wear a tie to an interview for once.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. oldman100

    i stand by my comment! you gays won't change my mind!!

    September 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. important vet

    As a vet I take care of many pets and animals. You all should be greatful to us veterinarians ! VETS RULE !

    September 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sfduck

    How about pulling out our troops from South Korea? Koreans are doing well and they have their own well trained troops. They can take care of themselves.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lommie

      sfduck. must be currently serving that 1 yr term. i cant agree more with you though, except for the fact they'd have to start trusting the Korean SF more, which they refuse to do because of the forced service.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ballson Chinn

    Always looking to the military to save money...eliminate the Dept. of Education, FEMA, and about 30 more government agencies and we'd be in the pink...

    September 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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