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Army Guard Prepares for Cuts

November 21, 2015

From the National Guard Association of the United States weekly  e-newsletter dated November 10, 2015

National Guard logoThe Army National Guard is slated for changes to its personnel end strength and force structure over the next few years that will see a number of units inactivated and a reduction in force of more than 15,000 soldiers as part of overall Army force-reduction plans, according to a release from the National Guard Bureau.

“This is an overall Army effort to match our force structure to the resources available,” said Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, the director of the Army Guard, adding that the changes to come were decided upon with input from Army Guard senior leaders from throughout the 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia.

The Army Guard’s present end strength of 350,200 soldiers is scheduled to drop to 342,000 soldiers by September 2016 and then to 335,000 soldiers by September 2017. Kadavy said, “Our goal is to achieve these planned reductions through normal attrition rates as soldiers depart from the Army Guard.”

Additionally, a number of units are slated to be inactivated by the end of 2017. The units scheduled for inactivation have been identified, Kadavy said. They are two brigade combat team headquarters, six AH-64 Apache attack-reconnaissance battalions, seven battlefield surveillance brigade headquarters and numerous other units company-sized and below.

“Within the Army National Guard, we worked with the states to assess overall readiness and to right-size each in terms of the capacity they need to provide Army capability, support their governors and what the demographics in each state can support,” said Kadavy.

While some units are programmed for inactivation, others are scheduled for conversion. That transition, as well as transitions in other units scheduled to change missions sets, mean some soldiers may have to reclassify into new career fields, said Kadavy.

Those force structure changes, he added, will also affect full-time manning levels, with more than 1,700 military technician and Active Guard and Reserve positions slated to be cut throughout the Army.

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