US Army Shrinks To Its Lowest Numbers Since Before World War II
The U.S. Army dropped below 480,000 active-duty members as part of a plan unveiled in 2015.By Matt Moreno | May 9, 2016
The U.S. Army currently has the fewest number of active-duty members since 1940.
That's according to The Army Times, which reports March's totals came to 479,172 soldiers — the lowest number since prior to World War II, when there were nearly 270,000 troops. Roughly 2,600 soldiers left active-duty status in March.
And there are more cuts to come. This is all part of the Army's plan, announced in July 2015, to reduce soldiers by 40,000 and civilian jobs by 17,000 by 2018.