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    US Army Is Slashing Thousands of Jobs in Major Revamp to Prepare for Future Wars

    US Army Is Slashing Thousands of Jobs in Major Revamp to Prepare for Future Wars

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army is slashing the size of its by about 24,000, or almost 5%, and restructuring to be better able to fight the next major war, as the service struggles with recruiting shortfalls that made it impossible to bring in enough soldiers to fill all the jobs.

    The cuts will mainly be in already-empty posts — not actual soldiers — including in jobs related to counterinsurgency that swelled during the and wars but are not needed as much today. About 3,000 of the cuts would come from Army special operations forces.

    At the same time, however, the plan will add about 7,500 troops in other critical missions, including -defense and counter-drone units and five new task forces around the world with enhanced cyber, intelligence and long-range strike capabilities.

    Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said she and Gen. Randy George, the Army chief, worked to thin out the number of places where they had empty or excess slots.

    “We're moving away from counterterrorism and counterinsurgency. We want to be postured for large-scale combat operations,” Wormuth told reporters on Tuesday. “So we looked at where were there pieces of force structure that were probably more associated with counterinsurgency, for example, that we don't need anymore.”

    George added that Army leaders did a lot of analysis to choose the places to cut.

    “The things that we want to not have in our formation are actually…

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