US Army Shrinks Smallest Level Since Before World War II
The U.S. Army has shrunk to its smallest level since before World War II.
The Army Times reports it's now down to 479,000 soldiers on active duty – that's the lowest number since 1940.
"We've been decreasing the size of the Army starting in about 2011," Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling told CNN. "But now it's gathering attention because it's affecting employment and the civilians' communities around these bases."
The Army still has more than half a million soldiers in reserve.
But without intervention from Congress or the Defense Department, the Army will continue to shrink to 450,000 soldiers by 2018.