WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say the Army plans to slash the number of combat brigades from 45 to as low as 32, and broadly restructure its fighting force to save money and cut the size of the service by about 80,000 soldiers.
Officials say the sweeping changes will likely increase the size of each combat brigade -- generally by adding another battalion. Doing that would ensure the brigades have the capabilities they need to go to war. A brigade is usually about 3,500 soldiers and a battalion is between 600 and 800 soldiers.
The cuts come as the Pentagon finalizes its 2013 fiscal year budget, which must reflect about $260 billion in savings over five years. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been made public.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.