US army to cut 40,000 troops over next two years

Under the plan the Army will have 450,000 soldiers at the end of the 2017 budget year, its smallest number since before the United States entered Second World War

The US Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years to save money at home and abroad, a US defence official said on Tuesday.

An estimated 17,000 civilians working for the Army will also be laid off.

USA Today quoted a document it had obtained and said the cuts are being made to save money.

The defence official said the Army plans to announce the cuts soon. USA Today said it would be this week.

  • Not to worry, al Queda is on the run and we are training those 60 Syrians.

    • Petrilla

      Lord lord I had to laugh, they are training 60. Better the Canadian woman Tiger Sun than this . She with her own binos made more kills than this. Shameful. the US military deserves better than this pathetic poseur…they wait….They are mad at him in his homeowners in Kenya, his so far ignored grandma is cooking for him in his 15 minute stop. It would be fitting if she serves him SNAKE.

  • The Butterfly

    In fairness they are also planning to increase food stamp rolls by 40,000,000 at the same time.

  • Alex

    Countries like China, North Korea and Russia are planning cuts as well, no doubt.

    • andycanuck

      Sarcasm aside (good shots, BTW), there’s an Instapundit link today about the Russians beginning a huge refit of their navy.

  • Petrilla

    If there was any question that Obama hates America, this is it. Over the past six years of his disgusting presidency he has cut any leaders, any with experience, he needs /wants the US military destroyed. He and his white house commies said they would do it and they have. What do I say? Never underestimate the American people and their military. Never. Obama and his commie ilk will go down as the worst thing that ever happened to the USA. New leaders in the military will arise. They will have been well taught. Do not be afraid.

    • mauser 98

      Barry is a foreign agent

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Trying to find somebody at work who will believe it…

        • mauser 98

          at work?
          whole bunch believe it

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            They are all socialists until it’s time to see who gets dibs on the overtime.

    • Obama is an Indonesian Muslim.

  • So will Obama replace them with 40000 gay soldiers?

  • Clausewitz

    I’m guessing these would be the 40,000 that stated they would not fire upon US Citizens under any circumstances. Why not, they’ve cashiered most of the officer corps who made this claim.

  • Ron MacDonald

    This reminds me of what the Liberals did to the Canadian Forces starting in the early 1960’s.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama’s plan, for all his “I hate Europe and its colonialist oppressor past” is to model the EU states approach to the armed services by turning them into make-work jobs programs. No doubt there will be efforts to unionize them soon too. Over in the UK the MoD is on track to reduce the total size of the armed services to under 80,000 with a longer term goal of 50,000. Their role will be to hand out blankets after natural disasters, assuming they can hitch a ride to get there.

  • Blacksmith

    Wow good thing the world is at peace now and we don’t need the military.