Community listening sessions on Army end-strength reduction, reorganization

By Office of the Chief of Public AffairsMarch 27, 2013

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2013) -- Consistent with the National Military Strategy, the Army must reduce and reorganize its force structure in order to achieve the fiscal reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

To accomplish this, the Army is currently analyzing all available options. At this time no decisions have been made; however, the Army anticipates an active-component reduction of 80,000 Soldiers (from a 2010 high of 570,000 Soldiers, to 490,000 by the end of fiscal year 2017) that many installations will be impacted.

The public comment period for the Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment closed March 21, 2013. The Army is now entering the next phase of the process toward the eventual stationing decisions, which includes public listening sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to provide an overview of the stationing process and the factors the Army will use to make its stationing decisions, as well as afford communities an opportunity to provide input.

The Army values community input in order to make the best decisions about reorganization, and to mitigate, as much as possible, the impact on local communities. The Army wants to hear the communities' concerns and any other information that they feel should be included in the decision process.

Community feedback will be considered by Army Senior Leaders prior to any final decisions.

Beginning April 8, 2013, the Army plans to conduct listening sessions at the installations that have an Army combined authorized federal civilian employee and military permanent population of 5,000 or greater. Exact meeting dates will be determined by the installations in coordination with Headquarters, Department of the Army.