Army could lose 100,000 soldiers due to sequestrationSubmitted by Bob-45 on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:45
Of all the military services facing budget pressure this year, the Army is in the direst of straits. The budget Congress finally passed a month ago will help matters, but the service says it's still more than $15 billion short of funds in fiscal 2013.
Army senior leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the elimination of a continuing resolution and the passage of a formal budget only fixed about a third of the funding problem they face this year. The sequestration cuts that Congress left in place will force them to find $7.6 billion in savings in the next six months.
On top of that, the Army is short $7.8 billion in its Afghanistan wartime account because of higher-than-expected operating costs.
That's just the 2013 problem.