Pentagon Plans to Cut Civilian Workforce

May 7, 2013

The Pentagon plans to cut its vast civilian workforce by 5-6 percent over the next five years to match similar reductions in the number of US troops, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

"These reductions are largely proportional to military end strength reductions that we proposed," Carter said at the National Press Club in Washington.

The US Army already is scaling back from about 565,000 troops to 490,000 troops by 2017, while the Marine Corps is due to drop to 182,000 from about 201,000 service members. Even with the cuts, the military will still be larger than it was before the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Pentagon has about 780,000 civilian employees and has already frozen hiring additional workers.

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