Yonhap News AgencyFebruary 24, 2014 16:46
By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- The Pentagon announced plans Monday to reduce the number of ground troops to the lowest level since before World War II as part of efforts to cut budgets.
It is still unclear whether or how it will affect the operation of the 28,500-strong U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), officials said.
Under the proposal unveiled by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Army will be downsized to between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers by 2017. The current force is 520,000.