The Army faces a disaster that could decimate the service as you know it.
If the service-cutting plan from Congress called sequestration becomes reality, it would eliminate an additional 100,000 soldiers, above the 80,000 already planned, and virtually halt all modernization. It would slash the Army to pre-World War II numbers.
The defense secretary has described the plan “catastrophic” and “shooting ourselves in the head.”
The service would have to force out tens of thousands of combat veterans in order to cut 180,000 soldiers in five years.
The Army’s chief of staff calls that “disastrous.”
See the details in this week’s issue of Army Times, on newsstands now.
Chief expects plan for women in combat arms by fall
The Army is looking at opening infantry and armor specialties and even Ranger school to female soldiers, says the service’s top officer.
A study is underway to look at various issues involved in letting women service in infantry and armor jobs. If that happens, Ranger school would be part of that move so the women can be competitive, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. About 90 percent of the Army’s senior infantry officers have earned the Ranger tab.
Once the results of the study are assembled, Army leaders will decide on the course forward. Female grunts may be in the near future.
Read more in Army Times this week.
Memorial Day tribute
On one single day last summer, 31 American service members died, the darkest day for U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a decade.
That day embodied the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops since 9/11 and the 6,400 and more who made the ultimate sacrifice.
As Army Times has done every Memorial Day for 10 years, this issue offers a final salute to the 425 Americans who gave their all in combat for their country over the past 12 months.
Online: The Hall of Valor
See stories of bravery and heroism on the Military Times Hall of Valor website, a compilation of citations and awards given to service members across the U.S. armed forces for many different operations.
To access the searchable database, go to http://www.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/.