The Defense Department estimates that the Marine Corp will lose 27,000 troops, suggesting that the public sector may yet cut into payroll figures going forward.
The shrinkage from 202,000 to as few as 175,000 troops is part of an estimated $1 trillion in Defense Department budget cuts over the next decade. The Marine Corp has already begun to offer early retire plans in preparation for these cuts.
The announcement was met with negative reaction with critics saying that the U.S. should take caution in its military adjustments as the threat of terrorism still looms and as China and North Korea seek to expand their military powers."We really need to ask ourselves whether this is the right time for such a significant change in U.S. defense strategy," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. "For me, the answer is a resounding 'no.'"
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