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James Amos Updates Marine Corps 2016 Drawdown Numbers

James Amos
Gen. James Amos

Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, has revealed that another 8,000 Marines may have to leave active duty as a result of defense budget cuts, Military Times reported Wednesday.

Dan Lamothe writes that number comes on top of a planned drawdown of 20,000 personnel by late 2016 that is expected to leave the Corps with 23 infantry battalions.

Amos told reporters in Washington that officials have been meeting to come up with a solution to the reduction in manpower, which is currently at 202,100.

“(The infantry battalions are) the core unit in the Marine Corps,” Amos said.

“It’s like Mr. Potato Head,” he said, adding, “That’s the potato, and everything else is kind of plugged in along it to make it a head.”

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