Biden’s proposed budget would make the Army the smallest it’s been since WWII

| March 29, 2022

Jeff LPH 3 sends in more good news coming out of the Brandon Administration. From Army Times;

Amid a major land war in Europe, the Biden administration’s fiscal 2023 budget request would temporarily shrink the active duty Army to 473,000 troops if enacted by Congress.

That could leave the service at its smallest size since 1940, when it had just over 269,000 troops. Other historical lows include an authorized 476,000 in fiscal 2017 and nearly 478,000 in fiscal 1999 at the nadir of the post-Cold War drawdown.

The administration’s proposed budget would:

  • Reduce the active duty force from 485,000 — the end-strength authorized in the fiscal 2022 bill — to 473,000.
  • Maintain the Army National Guard’s current strength of 336,500 and the Army Reserve’s 189,500 troops.
  • Reduce the total Army, across all three components, to 998,500 soldiers. It’s not clear when the force last dipped below 1,000,000 troops.

Army officials who briefed reporters on the budget request claimed they “proactively made the decision to temporarily reduce our end-strength” due to struggles recruiting quality soldiers. The service has also requested to reduce its end-strength target for fiscal 2022 to 476,000. The plan is to regrow the active force back to 485,000 troops across the five-year budget plan, though it’s not clear when that will occur.

“The genesis of [the cut] was really recognizing that as we look ahead to recruiting projections…we weren’t going to be able to get where we needed to be in [fiscal 2022 and 2023] without making some decisions about changing our standards,” said Army Under Secretary Gabe Camarillo.

Camarillo added that “this is not a budget-driven decision — it is entirely about quality, and we will look to build back up our end strength.”

He pointed to “a tight labor market” as one of the reasons behind the Army’s recruiting struggles, though the Army is “looking…at our recruiting approaches to see what changes we need to, or what we can, make to adapt to the current recruiting environment.”

Army Recruiting Command, or USAREC, is implementing significant updates to its recruiting strategy, though it’s not yet clear whether the efforts will succeed. Their “mission modernization” push has also coincided with the labor squeeze and more stringent medical and prescription history screenings for applicants.

The service has also loosened short-term enlistment options in an effort to bring in more troops. But that seemingly did not prove enough for the Army to meet its end strength goals.

Camarillo did not directly answer a question about whether the Army will bring back voluntary separation or early retirement authorities to facilitate the end strength cuts.

Camarillo only added, “how we take the cuts and where we absorb the cuts is still something that we’re looking at.”

Meanwhile, Old Joe clarified his comments from over the weekend in which he threatened Putin with regime change and chemical warfare. That’s not what he said, you’re interpreting his words wrong.

Biden was asked about his other two comments that required clarification from the White House, including a comment to American troops about what they would see when they got to Ukraine and his comment about regime change in Russia.

“None of the three occurred, you interpreted the language that way,” he complained.


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Recruiters , be like.


If I ever run across former SSGT. Moore…


I wonder if kicking out active duty soldiers for not getting the Wu-Flu shots had any affect on new recruits staying away?
Its like Brandon Adminsitration wanted the The Army to be smaller and then are like “Oh no! The Amry is smaller. What do we do now?”
Hire clowns, and you get a circus.


Yeah, so the Army has kicked out 27 people so far for being non-deployable due to not having required vaccines that other nations require for our soldiers to go there. 3300 more are allegedly in the pipe. Not sure where the CSA is getting those numbers from. In any case 3300 is a long way from 12,000.


Nie moj circ. Nie moje malpe.

AW1 Rod

Who in their right minds would volunteer to serve a clusterfuck Chain of Command with Retarded Uncle Joe, Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley at the top?


Our military is led by men who are social workers and politically correct hacks. They can’t fight, but they’re great at getting soldiers to use preferred pronouns and combating imaginary racism in the ranks.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

Don’t forget the “exercise” of getting male soldiers to “walk a mile” in high heel pumps and pregnancy strap ons.

The coming update will add a strap-on…


I copy, USAREC failed (Again) mostly likely due to having the most toxic leadership environment in America, if not the world. So now they want to shift blame and match projections to failure so that the leaders have a success on the OER bullet?

Is that good copy?


USAREC is a Organization of Corrupt Racketeers under the Influence of their unearned grandiosity. (read: RICO [Act])

There is no institution in the whole of our federal system that is more hypocritical and self-serving. None.


As said in Casablanca:

Rick: “If it’s December 1941 in Casablanca. What time is it in New York?”
Sam: “What– my watch stopped.”
Rick: “I bet they’re asleep in New York. I bet they’re asleep all over America.”

And y’all know what happened next in the world.

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jeff LPH 3 63-66

I’m looking at the pic of joe TZU and I see that he wants for everyone to get the point of his message by that 5 inch spear sticking out of his helmet. Get the point?????


Wash, Rinse. Repeat.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat.


🎶🎵 “Here We Again…Same Ole Stuff Again…🎵🎶





“I’m just a toy, just a funny boy
That makes you laugh when you’re blue
I’ll be wonderful, do just what I’m told
I’ll do anything for you…”

“Pull those liitle strings…”

“🎶 “I’m Your Puppett” 🎶


Is that real? FFS!

A 5 year old has better info retention than POTATUS.

We are doooooooooomed.


POTATUS….You’ve GOT to be fucking kidding me. I haven’t see this before now.
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Gee, I thought one wasn’t supposed to show his hold card.


This is becoming standard operating procedure for current Army leadership. Just as they’re doing with physical fitness, if you can’t make the goal, just lower the requirements.

Then pat yourself on the back for your brilliance… 🙄 

USMCMSgt (Ret)

So the Army is reducing its end strength, only to grow it again over 5 years? What’s the point? Recruiting quality servicemen/women has become increasingly difficult, and I predict retaining those already in uniform will become for difficult (if not already). I fail to see how anyone thinks conditions will improve in 5 years, especially when the enemies of the U.S. will likely become more emboldened and become more of a threat over the same period. Last I heard, it has become more and more difficult to find applicants who are mentally/physically fit (among other requirements). If nothing else, potential applicants are going to become less eligible in the future, which means more waivers will be needed and standards will be lowered. Instead of making the service branches are becoming more lethal, they’re doing the opposite. (I’m still trying to wrap my mind around why the CMC is restructuring the Marine Corps to the point that its losing its warfighting advantage.)

A Proud Infidel®™

What has Joe Biden ever touched that he DIDN’T fuck up?

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BTW…Lest we forget…

Today, 29 March 2022 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

We have LOTS of folks here on TAH that served during the Vietnam War Era….boots on the ground or no boots on the ground….or have family members who served during that timeframe.

Salute. Never Forget.


Thanks ninja. Part of my mission on today’s rideabout was to pay a visit to some boys I knew that came back with the CMH (Coffin, Metal Handles) Award. There, but for the Grace of God, coulda been me. “Beware the Military Industrial Complex.” “I won’t send American Boys to do what Vietnamese Boys should do.” How’d all that work out for us?

On the thread subject, I know of at least 20 young’uns that I mentored thru out the years that were serving and were planning on making a career of Military Service. All are either out now or will be gone when their term is up very shortly.


“struggles recruiting quality soldiers”

Heh. I told you so.

There, I said it.


Hey, who wants to be stationed in Europe again?! Dibs on Germany!

“US Commander on American Military Presence in Europe After Ukraine Conflict: ‘We’re Going to Still Need More’,” by Ronn Blitzer, Fox News via Yahoo!, 29 Mar 2022

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There are still a few brauerei I haven’t checked out in the BRD, not to mention the whole of East Germany. And I would like to try a curry wurst.


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