Agence France-PresseFebruary 24, 2014 21:32
Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Monday outlined a proposed defense budget for 2015 that will shrink the size of the US Army in favor of new hi-tech weapons.
Here are the highlights of the budget plan, which must be approved by Congress:
The US Army would be scaled back 13 percent from 520,000 troops to 440,000-450,000 soldiers by 2017, making it the smallest force since before the United States entered World War II.
The Army National Guard would be reduced from 355,000 to 335,000 and the reserves from 205,000 to 195,000.