The U.S. Army is looking to reduce the number of its active service members by about 40,000 and the number of civilian workers by 17,000 over the next two fiscal years, USA Today reported Tuesday.
Tom Vanden Brook writes an internal military document obtained by USA Today says budgetary issues are prompting the Army to cut force size.
The military branch plans to retain approximately 450,000 troops worldwide by the end of FY 2017, according to the newspaper.
The proposed force reduction would affect brigade members at Fort Benning in Georgia and battalion task forces at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, the report said.
Brook said he believes the Army needs more than 450K soldiers to help U.S. address national security threats globally.