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Army Forcing Brigade Cuts on Fort Hood

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The U.S. Army is cutting the number of active duty combat brigades from 45 to 33 in efforts to cut the military budget.

The cuts, which are not related to sequestration, will reduce the size of the service by 80,000 affecting 10 bases across the U.S.

Fort hood's 4th brigade combat team - 1st cavalry division is just one of the brigade combat teams being cut under this new massive army restructuring.

By the end of the 2017 fiscal year, Fort Hood says it may experience a net loss of approximately 2,900 active component military positions which would mean a 7% reduction in the number of soldiers on base.

The reduction of the 80,000 soldiers represents an overall 14% reduction throughout the entire Army.

Officials say that Fort Hood is not the only base to be affected by the forced reductions with Kentucky, Georgia, Colorado, North Carolina, New York, Kansas and Washington all seeing brigades being cut.

The Army chief of staff said that he hopes to be able to cut the 80,000 soldiers through voluntary departures without having to force troops to leave the service.

Fort Hood senior commander General Anthony Ierardi says that, despite the cuts, Fort Hood will remain an essential power projection platform and home to multiple major operating force units.

Additional force structure changes could be required if congress allows automatic budget cuts to continue into next year.

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