By C. Todd Lopez
Army News Service
WASHINGTON — It’s possible the Army could be cut to 400,000 if the sequestration option spelled out in the Budget Control Act of 2011 goes into effect, the Army’s chief of staff said Thursday.
The Army is already planning on cutting 80,000 active-duty Soldiers from the force over the next five years, which will bring the active end strength down to 490,000 Soldiers. Were sequestration to kick in, Army leaders expect the cuts it brings could mean the loss of an additional 100,000 Soldiers. Those Soldiers would come from both the active and Reserve components.
“If we have sequestration, it will affect both the active and reserve component,” said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. “It depends on what balance