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Pentagon's 2025 Budget Boosts Personnel Budget, Cuts End Strength

March 14, 2024

Anastasia Obis

Federal News Network

By Anastasia Obis, March 12, 2024 / Federal News Network

The active duty military will decline by 7,800 service members in 2025 as the services continue to struggle with recruiting shortfalls, according to 2025 budget request documents released March 11.

The Army expects an active end strength of 442,300 soldiers, 2,700 fewer than its authorized level. The Army National Guard believes it can maintain its end strength at 325,000, the same number Congress authorized for this year. The Army Reserves, however, is projected to grow to 175,800, an increase of 1,000 reservists over their authorization.

“It obviously reflects that we continue to work our way through the current challenges with recruiting. I do want to highlight that this budget submission will aid us significantly in our ongoing efforts to transform our recruiting enterprise from one that was really set in the 20th century to the one that will actually help us to recruit, identify and attract the workforce that we’re going to need well into the future,” Army Under Secretary Gabe Camarillo told reporters during the Pentagon press briefing Monday.

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