Gen. Daniel Allyn, vice chief of staff at the U.S. Army, has said the service branch plans to lay off another 14,000 uniformed personnel as it works to reduce its total military personnel to approximately 980,000 by 2018, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.
Allyn told Senate Armed Services readiness subcommittee members Tuesday that 10,000 of the planned cuts will be in the officer ranks, Scott Maucione writes.
“With 186,000 deployed on a daily basis in 140 countries, you understand my discomfort with trying to continue to meet emergent demands and current operations with a force that is getting smaller,” he said.
Allyn also noted that the service branch has given the Army National Guard and Reserve a priority to employ military personnel who were affected by the layoffs as civilians.
“It has really helped out reserve components save dollars by taking experienced soldiers into the ranks and not having to retrain them, so that has been a positive benefit of this unfortunate drawdown,” he said.