US army to 'cut 40,000 soldiers' over next two years

Cutbacks will affect virtually every army post at home and abroad and is aimed at saving money, USA Today paper reports.

    At least 17,000 civilians working for the army will also be laid off [AP]
    At least 17,000 civilians working for the army will also be laid off [AP]

    The US army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years that will affect both domestic and foreign posts, according to newspaper USA Today.

    The paper quoted a document it had obtained and said the cuts were being made to save money and it would go into effect this week.

    At least 17,000 civilians working for the army will also be laid off, a defence official told AFP news agency, confirming the report in the newspaper.

    The cutbacks will affect virtually every army post at home and abroad, USA Today said.

    Under the plan the army will have 450,000 soldiers at the end of the 2017 budget year, the paper said.

    It added that in 2013 the army argued in budgetary documents that going below 450,000 troops might mean it could not win a war.

    By comparison, the army swelled to 570,000 men and women during the peak of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the paper said.

    Across-the-board government budget cuts are due to kick in in October and if Congress does not avert these the army will have to lay off another 30,000 soldiers on top of the 40,000, according to the document quoted by USA Today.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera And AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.