In 1940, prior to the WWII build up, the number of active duty Army personnel was 269 thousand. At the end of the war the Army personnel had bloomed to 8.3 million on active duty. The lowest that the active duty Army has been since then was 480 thousand in 1999. At the present rate of decimation, we will have an Army of 450 thousand by 2018. That is not a way to run an Army that has world wide responsibilities. In wartime and in peace, the size of your Army matters.
As Written By Cathy Burke at NEWSMAX:
Report: Army at Smallest Since WWII
The Army’s active force has shrunk to its lowest level since before World War II, Army Times reported Saturday.
According to the military’s headcount by the Defense Manpower Data Center, nearly 2,600 soldiers left active duty in March without being replaced, the news outlet reports, adding that during the past year, the size of the active forced has been reduced by 16,548 soldiers.
At the end of March, there were 479,172 active-duty soldiers – 154 fewer than when the Army halted its post-Cold War drawdown in 1999, the smallest force since the 1940 count of 269,023 soldiers, Army Times reports.