4:32 a.m., May 22
Military Officials to Speak on Marine Troop Drawdowns
Manpower officials with the United States Marine Corps are launching a worldwide tour today to explain to troops plans by the Corps to reduce active troop levels by 20,000 Marines over the course of the next five years.
“The brief is open to all Marines and maximum participation is encouraged,” officials from Manpower and Reserve affairs told the Marine Corps Times.
Representatives from the outfit will be visiting bases across the globe over the next eight weeks, with stops at the Marine Corps Recruitment Depot in San Diego on April 23, Camp Pendleton on the 24th, and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on the 25th.
The Times also reports that troop reductions could particularly place unknown burdens on active-duty reservists, for whom “deployment to Afghanistan or to support Operation Enduring Freedom missions may require [troops] to be remissioned within the [Central Command area of operations], remissioned globally, or redeployed and demobilized as operational requirements dictate,” meaning such Marines could find themselves reassigned to other regions throughout the world or dismissed from duty.
Representative Alan West (R-FL) introduced the Limited End Strength Reduction Act last Thursday, which seeks to slow the pace of troop strength draw-downs. “Our men and women in the Armed Forces do not need to continue to be the bill payer for fiscal irresponsibility,” says West.