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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 11:19
Pentagon plans to shrink US Army to pre-WWII level
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The Pentagon plans to scale back the US Army by more than an eighth to its lowest level since before World War 2, signalling a shift after more than a decade of ground wars.

Saying it was time to "reset" for a new era, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel recommended shrinking American forces from 520,000 active duty troops to between 440,000 and 450,000.

In a speech outlining the proposed defence budget, he said Monday that after Iraq and Afghanistan, US military leaders no longer plan to "conduct long and large stability operations."

If approved by Congress, the Pentagon move would reduce the army to its lowest manning levels since 1940, before the American military dramatically expanded after entering World War II.

 
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