Army Chief Warns National Guard, Reserve Could Get Budget Ax

A second round of deep budget cuts could force the Army to shed up to 100,000 more troops.

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A second round of deep budget cuts could force the Army to shed up to 100,000 more troops, including steep reductions in Army Reserve and National Guard forces, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno told reporters Tuesday in Washington. The ground service was able to fashion a 57,000-troop reduction plan without "touching" the Reserve and Guard ranks. But if Congress fails to pass legislation this year that would head off more military spending cuts, Army officials would have to cut even more active-duty troops and reach into its two reserve components. Army brass might have to cut "tens of thousands" of troops from the active side, the National Guard and the Army Reserve, Odierno said. "It could be 100,000 [combined]," he said. Read more here.