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Here's what the Navy wants to do with 4,000 more sailors


When the Marine Corps grows, the Navy has to grow too. That's part of the reason the service requested funding for an extra 4,000 active-duty sailors in the fiscal 2018 budget request, released last week. The Navy wants to increase from roughly 324,000 active-duty sailors to an end-strength of 327,900, with most of the requested growth in the enlisted ranks. Much of the growth will serve the overall Navy goal of restoring force readiness ahead of the start of a planned ship build-up next year. Officials told that much of the additional manpower would simply replace sailors who weren't able to conduct regular duties for a variety of reasons. more

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