Zero and Old Trooper sent us a link to Bloomberg which says that, in order to reduce the Army’s ranks by 67,000 warm bodies in the next five years, they may force people out.
The military will first try buying out contracts or offering bonuses for people to leave, while working to keep those with valuable specialties such as cyber warfare and acquisitions, according to Travis Sharp, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington policy group, who attended a Pentagon briefing for analysts last month.
“I was surprised that they were going to complete the reductions to the Army and the Marine Corps in just five years,” Sharp said in an interview before the budget was released. “What they told us is that they will try to use those types of positive incentives to the greatest extent possible, but that involuntary separations would probably still be necessary.”
Yeah, I remember the early 90s when they tried the same thing, then a few years later, they were begging us to come back, because the mission wasn’t getting completed with a force that was depleted of the experience.
And you can be sure that they’ll be forcing out the trigger pullers and not the paper shufflers.