Gen. Daniel Allyn, vice chief of staff at the U.S. Army, has called on employers to offer private-sector career opportunities for soldiers who will be affected by the branch’s downsizing efforts, the Army News Service reported Thursday.
C. Todd Lopez writes the Army could trim the number of active-duty troops by up to 265,000 over the next six to eight years if the military service continues to face budget cuts.
The branch plans to downsize through involuntary separation or attrition.
“Our veterans today have served their nation throughout 14 years of war,” Allyn told Veterans Initiative Summit attendees in Washington last week.
“Your commitment to our veterans will pay huge dividends – for them, for your companies, for our communities, and for our nation,” he added.
He noted many Army bases offer a career skills program to help warfighters transition to civilian work up to six months before they leave military service.
The military branch also collaborates with government, nongovernmental and private organizations through the Part of the Soldier for Life initiative.