Thousands Of Troops Could Be Laid Off In Next Few Years


Many Americans have struggled to hold on to jobs as companies lay off workers. Many military families may soon face that same reality.

U.S. officials say as many as 24,000 enlisted Army personnel and 5,000 Army officers across the country could be laid off over the next five years, a 14 percent reduction.

The cuts are driven in part by the Pentagon budget plan, as well as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars winding down.

The Marines are also looking at a reduction of 20,000, though the Pentagon has indicated that number should primarily come from retirement.

Some in Congress say they are outraged at the idea that veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan could be laid off after serving multiple tours of duty.

"Telling a well-performing combat veteran just back from war that he is getting kicked out of the Army would represent a breach of faith between our country and those who have deployed to keep us safe," Sen. Kelly Ayotte said. "I worry about the demoralizing effect giving pink slips to our warfighters could have throughout the entire all-volunteer force."

11 News is looking into how these troop layoffs will affect Fort Carson. We'll let you know what we find out.

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  • by awesome on Apr 28, 2012 at 05:48 PM
    Maybe they will actually learn what hard work is and stay out of McDonalds all day. And stop commiting Violent crimes and blaming it on PTSD..
  • by none ya on Apr 28, 2012 at 05:45 PM
    Seriously this is not the presidents fault before Obama no One had a job now look everyone has one just cause military can't milk the government anymore dosent mean you have to blame the president blame yourself for thinking this was a forever job nothing is forever... Go get a job like normal Americans deal with it and get over it.. tell the wives to get off their butts and work for once
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Apr 27, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    A couple of reasons not to lay these troops off... Red China is building up their military and our Southern border is still wide open where some areas inside of the U.S. are literally under cartel control and it doesn't help that Border Patrol is restricted from entering those areas due to "environmental concerns" but the smugglers can tear up the areas at will.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM in reply to Nath
      Golly! It's almost as if the borders are being left open on purpose! But we know that cannot be true.
  • by David Location: Kandahar, Afghanistan on Apr 26, 2012 at 09:45 PM
    Laid off? Seriously, KKTV, your reporting sucks. We don't get laid off. We get discharged. Secondly, attrition, retirements, and getting rid of all the dirtbags will be more than sufficient to help lower the numbers. And this isn't a liberal or conservative agenda, either. After every single war, we have a drawdown. Even the 90's drawdown was initiated by Reagan long before it happened, because he knew we had beaten the USSR.
  • by truth on Apr 26, 2012 at 09:04 PM
    at me; i am sorry that i dont sit on my work computer like you. I use a cell phone and it is hard to see. Someday i will be perfect like you. thank you for being the spelling nazi. someday i can be smart like you and think i am better than everyone else. Na i will stay the way i am. By the way, why have two periods? Did you not learn punctuation?
  • by ME on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    RE: TRUTH You sound like an idiot, go back to grammar school...
  • by truth on Apr 26, 2012 at 03:52 PM
    Is this why in may us military is training russian paratroopers to raid dia,cia in denver and nsa in utah? Red dawn take 2. U love communism? Better start ita here. What are they wanting ti hide in dia that they need to shut it down? Wake up sheep
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      by LedHed on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:37 AM in reply to truth
      Wow, even more disjointed and pointless as usual. Go back and repeat kindergarten, then try to post something pertinent.
  • by Don't worry on Apr 26, 2012 at 03:31 PM
    First of all, you don't lay off military. This makes it sound like can come back when slots open back up. They get discharged.
    Second, enough people want to get out of the Army that the ones that want to stay and have been good soldiers will be fine. It will be leaner but better.
  • by FarginBastige on Apr 26, 2012 at 03:10 PM
    Wow. I mean, Wow! Thank you KKTV for making the proverbial mountain out of a molehill. SecDef already stated that all personnel cuts will be a result of normal attrition. Translated, that means as folks retire or ETS, the vacancies won't be filled. Also, Soldiers that don't meet the standards will be QMP'd. SecArm has extended the zero tolerance policy for drug use and DUI to all ranks (formerly only applied to NCOs and Officers). This is all pretty much SOP after drawing down from a conflict. Most of the standards were thrown out the window when we needed full formations to go to war. Now the standards will apply again, and the services will be the better for it.
  • by noneofurbizznass Location: colorado on Apr 26, 2012 at 01:04 PM
    It is so sad how many military personel are putting their lives in the face of the enemy and yet they get paid not even close to minimum wage. We see alot of movie stars making millions of dollars better yet billions, why can't they be the ones to get laid off. We have soldiers who put on the uniform proud to serve America and defend our Nation, Service Members with families who can barely get by and they telling them they will be getting laid off. So sad! Thank you Soldiers. If I had a dollar to give each and everyone of our Service Memebers I would to show how much you all are appreciated.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 at 03:29 PM in reply to noneofurbizznass
      The movie stars aren't as gullible, that's why.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 at 07:14 AM in reply to noneofurbizznass
      A whole $1? Wow, how generous of you.
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