The US military plans to reduce its workforce by 40,000 positions over the next two years, a measure that will affect both the United States but also in its offices abroad, the newspaper reported USA Today Tuesday.
The daily added that this reduction plan will involve 17,000 civilians. The active staff of the US Army will grow from 490,000 to 450,000 people currently, its lowest level since its involvement in World War II after the attack on the base at Pearl Harbour in December 1941.
The reductions were to be announced initially in February 2014 when the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the time presented the Pentagon budget for the year 2015. The figures are part of a four-year plan. An official with the Department of Defense confirmed that the US military was conducting the implementation of this plan to reduce military and civilian personnel, the details to be made public Thursday. These measures are part of a 1,000 billion savings plan in defense spending over ten years.
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