More details on the proposed upcoming resizing of the Army...

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  1. goaliedad

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    Interesting that they see the cuts coming more from enlisted because of officer retention problems...

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...ME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-01-25-15-50-39
     
  2. cisco

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    Are they cutting combat brigades or just putting them together to make them smaller? :confused:
     
  3. goaliedad

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    My take is both.

    Fewer brigades means less overhead (administrative, support) that is allocated on a per brigade ratio.

    Larger brigades may be more self-sufficient not requiring extra outside support when stretched on missions.

    About 10-12% fewer troops when all is said and done.

    Sounds like turnover is higher in the officer ranks than enlisted with attrition taking care of reductions in the mid-level officer ranks (which currently need incentives I guess) and more careful screening for re-enlistment taking care of enlisted numbers. I'm guessing it will be a bit cut-throat in the flag officer department...
     
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    What I heard was cutting combat brigades and remaining combat brigades gets another maneuver battalion.
     
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  6. bruno

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    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/...a-says-smaller-military-cutting-edge-012612w/

     
  7. bruno

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    Affecting everybody: Big cuts coming; lower pay raises start in 2015
    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/...oming-lower-pay-raises-start-in-2015-012612w/

    Although that sounds bad- I think the reality is that Military pay is at least comparable to civilian pay now for equivalent positions. Gotta do something- I would really like to see them target pay to mid grade NCO's as I think that's where the greatest disparity remains and the demographic most critical to the effectiveness of the force.
     
  8. bruno

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    You could have predicted this one with a virtually 100% degree of certainty:

    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/01/airforce-5-a10-squadrons-cut-013012/

    For the Air Force to love an aircraft - it has to go Real Fast, be Real Cool looking, and have a Real Cool nickname to go on that velcro patch (and be real expensive). Actual utility is less of a consideration.
     

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