The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Military
By Michael Snyder
May 14th, 2014
By the end of this decade, the U.S. Army will be the smallest that it has been since World War II, the U.S. Navy will be the smallest that it has been since World War I, and the U.S. Air Force will have gotten nearly 500 planes smaller. Without a doubt, the U.S. military has not been used wisely in recent years, but the world is not becoming a more stable place. The threat of war appears to be greater than it has been in a very long time, and yet the Obama administration seems obsessed with gutting our national defenses. So exactly what is Obama’s agenda anyway? In a world that is getting crazier with each passing day, why would he want to steadily shrink the size of the U.S. military?
In October 2012, there were about 550,000 Americans serving in the U.S. Army. According to the Army Times, that number has declined by about 30,000 since that time, and it is scheduled to go down by another 30,000 over the next 17 months…
Nearly 30,000 soldiers must be removed from the active rolls in the next 17 months if the Army is to make the first waypoint in a drawdown that eventually will reduce the force to 450,000, or even 420,000, soldiers.
As of April 1, there were 519,786 troopers on active duty, according to the most recent accounting of Regular Army strength by the Defense Manpower Data Center.