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From the Department of the Army:
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Update: The Department of the Army announced on June 25, 2013 that the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk is not among the installations affected by the Army’s reduction of its active component brigade combat teams (BCTs).
The Army’s decision is associated with the active component end-strength reduction of 80,000 soldiers to 490,000 -- a 14 percent reduction across the force -- by 2017, also referred to as “Army 2020.”
The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division remains at Fort Polk, according to a press release by Fort Polk’s Public Affairs office. The Army is inactivating and reorganizing BCTs at other installations nationwide and in Europe as well as reducing and reorganizing numerous non-BCT units - many commonly referred to as BCT enablers - as part of the end strength reduction.
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Army 2020 Explained
The Department of the Army is considering Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur from Fiscal Years (FY) 2013-2020 necessary to reduce spending while maintaining critical national defense capabilities.
The Army's proposed action is to reduce the Army's active duty end-strength from 562,000 at the end of FY 2012 to 490,000 by FY 2020.
The Army studied 21 of its bases across the United States through a Programmatic Environmental Analysis (PEA) which considered three alternatives:
Alternative #1: Implement force reductions by inactivating a minimum of eight Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) and realign other combat, combat support, and service support units between FY 2013 and FY 2020;
Alternative #2: Implement Alternative 1, inactivate additional BCTs, and reorganize remaining BCTs by adding an additional combat maneuver battalion and other units.
The PEA also analyzed a No Action alternative, under which the Army would not reduce the size of the force.
The implementation of Army force realignment will occur over the course of several years to arrive at an optimally configured force in 2020. Reductions in Army soldiers will also be accompanied by some reduction in civil service employees.
These actions are being undertaken to reshape the Army's forces to meet more effectively national security requirements while reducing the Army's end-strength. Force realignment and some level of force reduction will impact most major Army installations. The implementation of this force rebalancing is necessary to allow the Army to operate in a reduced budget climate, while ensuring the Army can continue to support the nation's critical defense missions.
After 25 years of total service, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Williams retired from the US Army in 2011. His career concluded at Fort Polk as the Chief of Staff of JRTC and Ft. Polk and the Installation Command Inspector General. He is currently employed by Cubic Applications as an instructor at the Joint Readiness Training Center’s Leader Training Program. He is currently the Chairman for the Military Affairs Committee for the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce a life member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and five Meritorious Service Medals.