LOLITA C. BALDOR
WASHINGTON (AP) – The US Army is slashing the number of combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the county as it moves forward with the long-planned move to cut the size of the service by 80,000.
Officials say the massive restructuring plans would eliminate brigades at 10 Army bases in the US by 2017, including in Texas, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina, New York, Kansas and Washington. The Army will also cut thousands of other jobs across the service, including soldiers in units that support the brigades.
Officials provided details on the plans on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publically.
The Army is being reduced from a high of about 570,000 during the Iraq war to 490,000.
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