Plans to cut 40,000 troops from the U.S. Army over the next two years will result in the lowest number of active soldiers since before America entered the Second World War.
Both domestic and foreign posts will be affected and the number of civilian employees could be reduced by 17,000.
The cuts would reduce the active-duty Army from its current size of about 490,000 soldiers to around 450,000 at the end of the 2017 budget year.
In 2013 it was argued in budgetary documents that going below 450,000 troops might mean it would not be able to win a war, USA Today has reported.
By comparison, the Army swelled to 570,000 men and women during the peak of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the newspaper said.
USA Today quoted a document it had obtained and said the cuts are being made to save money.
Across-the-board government budget cuts are due to kick in during October and if Congress does not avert these, the Army will have to lay off another 30,000 soldiers on top of the 40,000, according to the document.
Read more: dailymail.co.uk
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