U.S. Army boosting troop numbers

A group of U.S. soldiers walks along the road at sunset in Taji, Iraq, March 8, 2016. The soldiers are serving in Iraq as part of an international coalition that is working to destroy Daesh, also known as the Islamic State. Photo by Staff Sgt. Victor Joecks/U.S. Army National Guard/UPI

March 21 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of the Army is boosting its end strength to 1,018,000 soldiers by the end of September with the addition of 28,000 soldiers to its ranks.

The increase announced this week is in line with the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017.

“The Army is hiring,” Maj. Gen. Jason Evans, director of military personnel management for the Army, said in a press release. “The added end strength will allow the Army to increase manning in its tactical units, enhancing overall readiness.

“The increased manning also provides additional promotion opportunities and retention incentives for our existing soldiers and more opportunities for those who are fit, resilient and possess character, who want to join the Army.”

The National Defense Authorization Act increases the Army’s active end-strength by 16,000 to 476,000; the Army National Guard increases by 8,000 to 343,000; and the Army Reserve by 4,000 to 199,000, the Army said.

The Army will employ a variety of methods to meet the troop strength requirement. Among them: enlisted personnel accessions, recruitment and retention, along with officer accessions and retention.


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