Force Drawdowns and Demographic Diversity: Investigating the Impact of Force Reductions on the Demographic Diversity of the U.S. Military
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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The U.S. military, particularly the Army and Marine Corps, has begun a significant drawdown of its total force. A large portion of the drawdown will come from the active-duty force, with the Army planning to drop from force levels as of March 2014 of 510,000 to 490,000 by fiscal year FY 2015, and possibly down to 420,000 by FY 2019. These proposed reductions could yield the smallest Army since before World War II Alexander and Shalal, 2014. Although its reductions are expected to be smaller, the Marine Corps plans to make significant reductions to its workforce in the coming years. The Air Force reduced its active-duty force as recently as FY 2015.
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