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Survey reflects troops' dissatisfaction with deployment tempo

from Military Times

Most U.S. troops surveyed say the frequency of their deployments has either increased or stayed the same during the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. And with both budgets and force size shrinking, many service members say they are doing the same amount of work with fewer people and less money.

The end of the wars, combined with mounting pressure on the Pentagon's budget, is forcing the military to make steep reductions in the size of the force. The Air Force is cutting 20,000 airmen this year. The Marines are whittling an end strength north of 200,000 down to 174,000 by 2017. In the Army, nearly 22,000 soldiers departed in 2014. The Army has shed more than 60,000 soldiers since it began a drawdown in 2010 and faces the possibility of losing 80,000 more by the end of the decade. more


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