Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley told members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee that planned strength of 980,000 troops was far too small.
|General Milley said that there was a "high military risk" in the U.S. having only about a million troops. He claimed that with such a small force there is "no way we can meet the imminent threats that we have around the world." To handle all the major operations the U.S. faces, Milley said he needs at least 220,000 troops more than the 980,000. The planned number for 2018 consists of an active force of 450,000, the National Guard at 335,000 and the Army reserve at 195,000.|
"At the end of the day, we would risk literally having a hollow Army. We don't have a hollow Army today, but many on this committee can remember the days when we did -- when people didn't train and units weren't filled up at appropriate levels of manning strength and there were no spare parts -- all of those things would start happening if we increased the size of the force without the appropriate amount of money to maintain its readiness."Milley estimated that the active force needed to be a little more than 500,000. He stressed that it was not just size that was important but the technological capability of the force, and its readiness.