Army Cutting What?

(TheIndependentStar.com) – After some tough choices, the Army is making big changes by cutting thousands of positions that nobody’s been filling.

According to an official document, after spending a year taking a hard look at its own structure, the Army found that the number of roles and their purposes didn’t really match what’s needed for today’s security challenges. So, they’ve decided to cut 24,000 jobs that have been sitting empty.

This is part of an effort to make sure the Army isn’t planning to use more people than it actually has, which should make things more manageable and realistic.

The document explains that the Army has too many positions and not enough soldiers to fill them, but it’s important to note that these cuts don’t involve kicking out people who are already in the Army but just eliminating the positions that are not being used.

This is described as a big change in how the Army is organized, building on efforts to modernize and reorganize in recent years. But, it also shows how tough it’s been for the Army to get enough people to join.

Currently, the Army’s setup assumes it should have 494,000 active duty soldiers. But, Congress has set the limit at 445,000 for the next year, which is pretty low, especially since the Army hasn’t been meeting its recruiting goals. Last year, they aimed to get 65,000 new soldiers but only managed to attract 55,000.

This reorganization will reduce the total number of soldiers to 470,000. Most of the cuts are in jobs that no one’s doing right now anyway.

Some changes will happen in the Army’s Special Operations Forces, where about 3,000 jobs might be cut. This is partly because the Army wants to focus more on fighting big battles against tough enemies, rather than the counterinsurgency and terrorism stuff it’s been doing.

The document says that by making sure the number of soldiers matches the number of jobs better, the Army can be ready for action. It also talks about how the Army plans to get better at recruiting so it can grow again, which is necessary to keep things flexible, reduce the pressure on soldiers who have to deploy a lot, and add new skills to the mix.

New types of units will be formed, using modern weapons and systems instead of old Cold War stuff.

The document points out that because the world is changing and wars are fought differently now, the Army needs to be ready to take on powerful, high-tech enemies. This means the Army has to come up with new capabilities and adjust how it’s organized.