U.S. Army to reduce troops by 40,000

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WASHINGTON D.C. — The Army this week will announce specific bases around the country that will be part of the next round of reductions in the force.

A U.S. defense official said Tuesday that 40,000 troops to be cut by 2017, and 17,000 civilian employees will be cut from the payroll.

The reductions are part of a longstanding plan that has been publicly discussed since 2014.

Congress has been regularly briefed on the plan, but there has been discussion inside the Pentagon leadership that the cuts could grow even deeper if there are additional mandatory budget reductions from Congress.

Congressional notification of specific cuts at individual bases is expected to start later this week.

 

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