Eric Thompson

US Army Is Having Trouble Recruiting, Cuts 24,000 Positions


The United States Army is reducing the size of its force by roughly 24,000 troops as the military service continues to struggle to meet recruitment goals.

According to a new document on the structural transformation of the U.S. Army, the decrease in the size of military service is intended to position the Army to be better equipped to fight future wars.

Officials stressed that the planned reductions are “to authorizations (spaces), and not to individual soldiers (faces),” meaning already empty roles.

“The Army is not asking current soldiers to leave,” according to the document. “As the Army builds back end strength over the next few years, most installations will likely see an increase in the number of soldiers actually stationed there.” 

While the document outlined multiple ways the Army is planning to invest in a restructuring of the force, it claimed that force reductions were necessary.

“While making these investments and adding formations, the Army must also reduce force
structure to protect readiness in light of decreased end strength,” the Army stated. “The Army is currently significantly over-structured, meaning there are not enough soldiers to fill out existing units and
organizations.”

Fox News reported that a considerable portion of the jobs that will be eliminated by the Army were counter-insurgency positions that increased during the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. The Army noted that most of the positions are already empty and that the Army “is not asking current soldiers to leave.”

The Army added, “As the Army builds back end strength over the next few years, most installations will likely see an increase in the number of soldiers actually stationed there.”

The cuts will bring the Army from a force structure of roughly 494,000 troops to 470,000 by fiscal 2029, mainly cutting already-empty roles such as jobs in counterinsurgency. Such positions increased during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but demand dropped off after the conflicts were ended.

“We’re moving away from counterterrorism and counterinsurgency; we want to be postured for large-scale combat operations,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth told reporters Tuesday morning at an event in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Defense Writers Group.

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