August 27, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced
that the size of the Army is being increased by 22,000 to help meet
deployment needs around the world.
Gates made the disclosure Monday at a news conference at the Pentagon where he was joined by the chairman of the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen. The Army currently has a total troop strength of 547,000.
Gates said the military, with President Barack Obama's backing, decided that because of the continuing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and political turmoil in Pakistan, the Pentagon's ability to fill vacancies was "at risk."
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