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Army Force Reduction Includes 17,000 Fewer Civilians

The Department of the Army recently announced force structure decisions and stationing plans for the next few years.

Between now and the end of fiscal year 2018, the Army will shed approximately 40,000 soldiers, from 490,000 to 450,000 as well as 17,000 Army civilian employees.

“These cuts will impact nearly every Army installation, both in the continental United States and overseas,” stated an Army press release detailing the reductions.

The Army warned that further cuts to troops and civilians would be necessary if sequestration remained in effect next year. Under that scenario, an additional 30,000 troops and 6,000 civilians would be cut from the Army’s rolls by 2019.

The Army is still working to determine which installations the civilian cuts will come from, with the analysis supporting that decision slated to be completed by September.

"These are incredibly difficult choices," said Brig. Gen. Randy George, director of force management for the Army. 

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