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Impact study for further soldier reduction

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FORT SILL, Okla._The Future Years Defense Program has prompted the Army to conduct an analysis on the impacts associated with reducing forces.

The 2013 Programmatic Environmental Assessment has explored the potential consequences of reducing the Active Component down to 490,000 soldiers. They are now examining the socio-economic and environmental impacts that would come with reductions as low as 420,000 soldiers if sequestration-level cuts are maintained in 2016.

While neither the budget request nor the assessment are final decisions, they will help create the framework for a later decision. The analysis is scheduled to be published during the upcoming summer at which time representatives from the Department of the Army will go to Fort Sill to conduct listening sessions and solicit public feedback.

The feedback they receive will help shape decisions for the coming years.

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