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Wed May 16, 2012, 01:11 PM

Top Army General Objects To GOP Plan To Slow Troop Reductions [View all]

Source: The Hill

By Jeremy Herb - 05/16/12 11:36 AM ET

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Wednesday hes opposed to a plan from House Republicans to slow the reduction of U.S. forces over the next five years.

The House Armed Services Committee included language in the Defense authorization bill to limit troop reductions to 15,000 per year for the Army and 5,000 for the Marine Corps through 2017, a slower pace than the military had planned for.

The Army proposed cutting its forces by 72,000 and the Marines 20,000 in the 2013 budget, in part as a result of the drawdowns in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as budget constraints.

Odierno said at a Pentagon press briefing Wednesday that the House proposal is too restrictive for the Army.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/army/227739-top-army-general-objects-to-house-slowing-troop-reductions

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