Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Editorial: New era, new Army

Jul. 1, 2013 - 07:10AM   |  
  • Filed Under

Army leaders have finally outlined the reorganization of its brigade combat teams, identifying 10 BCTs to be cut over the next three years. Most of the remaining teams will get a third maneuver battalion, plus more fires and engineer capabilities.

Army leaders have finally outlined the reorganization of its brigade combat teams, identifying 10 BCTs to be cut over the next three years. Most of the remaining teams will get a third maneuver battalion, plus more fires and engineer capabilities.

  • Please enable JavaScript for your browser in order to use militarytimes.com.com.
Want to read more?
Current Subscribers
Access to Military Times Prime is free for current Military Times subscribers.
Log in
Haven't registered online?
Activate Account
New Subscribers
Start your subscription to Military Times Prime for as little as 59¢ a week!
Subscribe

Army leaders have finally outlined the reorganization of its brigade combat teams, identifying 10 BCTs to be cut over the next three years. Most of the remaining teams will get a third maneuver battalion, plus more fires and engineer capabilities. It amounts to one of the service’s largest organizational changes since World War II.

“This is the new Army,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said. “The new Army is something that is globally responsive and regionally engaged. We have to be able to respond anywhere in the world very quickly.”

The reorganization, to begin in October with the start of fiscal 2014 and be completed by the end of fiscal 2017, takes place as the Army moves on from more than 12 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Odierno said the new structure will save some $400 million in military construction over the next few years.

Amid the uncertainty of forced budget cuts and the pressure to quickly reduce a force that has been at war for more than a decade, the reorganization plan accomplishes two goals: It eliminates some 17,000 jobs as the Army shrinks from 570,000 to 490,000. At the same time, the reorganization beefs up the remaining brigades with another battalion, adding firepower, engineers and other support functions to each of them.

It’s a bold move to make the Army more expeditionary, while boosting each brigade combat team’s stand-alone fighting capabilities.

Odierno wants an Army that is “more lethal, flexible and agile.” This is an important step in that direction.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Army Times

This Week's Army Times

Warrant officers wanted
Make this career move, get promoted and get paid

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook