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American general: The size of the US army is at a record low in the past 20 years

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American high officials continue to discuss the withdrawal of military contingent from Afghanistan. This dispute is about the size of the US troops as a whole, not only those present on Afghan territory.


In particular, at first it was pointed out that after the withdrawal, the American military could be deployed to "critical areas" - for example, to the Middle East or to bases in the Indo-Pacific region. Now the headquarters of the American army says that the US contingent in Afghanistan is too small to strengthen those very "critical areas."

It is noted that the Pentagon is faced with the problem of fulfilling its own plans. Earlier in the plans it was indicated that the number of directly military personnel in the army would be more than 500 thousand people.

At the moment, the number of military personnel in active service in the US Army is 485 thousand people. The rest are non-military personnel.

It is noted that the manning of the US Army is experiencing the greatest difficulties over the past 20 years. Over the same period, this is said to be the record low size of the US Army.

American General James McConville during a seminar at the Center for a New American Security Strategy:

Today our army is equal in size to the one that was at the time of September 11 (the day of the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001). I am very concerned about the size of our army, given that we live in an era of great power confrontation.

General McConville (Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army):

The Minister of Defense and I agree on the issues of modernizing our army, the need to improve it to the level of readiness, which will ultimately reduce the deployment load on our troops. We are trying to create the best army that can be obtained - without exorbitant workloads on the same military personnel when deployed in different regions of the world.

The statements of the American generals that the size of the army is "a record low in 20 years" may be connected with the desire to reach out to Joe Biden in order to again increase the size of the US military budget. Recall that Biden signed a budget of $ 715 billion, which is less than last year. After that, the generals began to discuss how to "modernize and expand the numerical strength of the troops in such financial conditions."
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  1. iouris
    iouris April 28 2021 17: 37
    -7
    This means only one thing: there are no worthy enemies.
    1. NIKN
      NIKN April 28 2021 17: 39
      +8
      I am very worried about the size of our army
      Somehow I remembered an anecdote. smile
      - Something has worried me about Honduras lately.
      - Well, don't scratch him ...
      1. Alex777
        Alex777 April 28 2021 20: 05
        +3
        IMHO, the US Army's problems are just beginning.
        The army is easily built on traditional values.
        And games with BLM, many sexes, etc. destroy it.
        A split society does not have a strong army. hi
        And they fought enough. There are no volunteers.
        1. NIKN
          NIKN April 28 2021 20: 44
          +2
          Quote: Alex777
          IMHO, the US Army's problems are just beginning.
          The army is easily built on traditional values.
          And games with BLM, many sexes, etc. destroy it.
          A split society does not have a strong army. hi
          And they fought enough. There are no volunteers.

          It’s hard not to be announced. They have different incentives.
          1. Shurik70
            Shurik70 April 28 2021 21: 24
            +3
            I don’t think that as long as the United States has money, it will experience any difficulties with the mercenaries. Not their own, so they will hire from the outside. A common practice is "serve in the army for citizenship."
            So the only message of this general's lamentation is "Give me more money."
            Everything else is tinsel, justifying the main message.
    2. Lech from Android.
      Lech from Android. April 28 2021 17: 40
      -1
      And who are among the worthy enemies?
      1. Pereira
        Pereira April 28 2021 17: 45
        +2
        Those who could not be bought.
      2. Prisoner
        Prisoner April 28 2021 18: 03
        +2
        winked Those they bark at, but who are dumb to fight. If they do decide, then their numbers will generally go to the minus.
        1. frruc
          frruc April 28 2021 18: 52
          +3
          It is noted that the manning of the US Army is experiencing the greatest difficulties over the past 20 years. Over the same period, this is said to be the record low size of the US Army.

          There is France, which partially solves the problems with the number of the armed forces by a foreign military legion. I think the Indians of Latin America and Ukrainians will run there with the whole herd for US citizenship.
          1. Alex777
            Alex777 April 28 2021 20: 17
            +1
            I guess Latin American Indians

            Back in Iraq, it became clear that the NATO allies were so far behind the Americans in terms of equipment that they were no longer compatible on the battlefield.
            The same Britons were given a separate direction for the offensive and stopped there.
            It is possible that Trump 2% tried to solve this problem too.
            They need skilled operators of high-tech weapons in the army. Not Indians.
            When whites in the States are thinking about where to get them out of the country, the last thing they will do is go to a contract in the army.
            1. frruc
              frruc April 28 2021 21: 25
              +1
              They have enough "literate" ones even among transgender servicemen; it is another matter to recruit a contingent for service at numerous military bases around the world (the European theater of operations does not count), especially if there is also shooting there. soldier
              1. Alex777
                Alex777 April 28 2021 22: 02
                +2
                especially if they also shoot there.

                Well, the States have already explained to their potential soldiers themselves that now the war will be with equal opponents.
                And they are very surprised that there are not enough people willing. hi
          2. Sergej1972
            Sergej1972 April 29 2021 02: 17
            0
            The foreign legion makes up a small fraction of the size of the French army. And a significant part of the soldiers of the Foreign Legion are French.
      3. Terenin
        Terenin April 28 2021 18: 32
        +3
        Quote: Lech from Android.
        And who are among the worthy enemies?

        Here is the answer from the General of the U.S. Army
        we live in an era of confrontation great powers
        Unless, of course, he meant, together with China, North Korea winked .
    3. Doccor18
      Doccor18 April 28 2021 17: 49
      -7
      Quote: iouris
      This means only one thing: there are no worthy enemies.
      This is yes.
      There is no USSR. China is kind of like a rival, but not principled. Who knows, maybe the billionaires of the Middle Kingdom and the city on the hill will agree in the near future and join forces to manage 7 yards of workers ...
      And more completely, no one and serious rivals are not and will not be.
    4. xorek
      xorek April 28 2021 18: 16
      0
      Quote: iouris
      This means only one thing: there are no worthy enemies.

      This means that again they want to sit out overseas and play off someone in Eurasia with Russia (there are many options) ... and then again land victoriously and declare themselves victors (well, who will win, they will provide assistance to both of them)
      This pattern is already known .. The US already has a debt of under $ 30 trillion. and the printing press is probably already red .... And the war writes off everything! Russia in every possible way dodges direct conflicts, and there are more and more provocations, did the peasants notice? Exactly ..
      If we start a fight with the Anglo-Saxon hornet's nest ... otherwise, everything is in dust again and we can no longer cope with these minor conflicts unleashed by the United States on the quiet ..
      God bless Russia!
    5. den3080
      den3080 April 28 2021 22: 00
      0
      This dispute is about the size of the US troops as a whole ...

      The battle of Kulikovo was blowing straight! US ARMY!
      smile
      Or whatever Karamzin N.M .:
      This journey of John's - without an army, with one chosen, noble retinue - had the appearance of a peaceful, but solemn greatness

      laughing
  2. prior
    prior April 28 2021 17: 45
    +11
    The belly grows and the tip dries. laughing
    The army is at a record low and costs are at a record high.
    The earth is round, and around every corner it IS! lol
    1. Eldorado
      Eldorado April 28 2021 18: 12
      0
      This army is low ("only" 450K), but there is still 1M of the Air Force and Navy.
  3. Cheshire
    Cheshire April 28 2021 17: 46
    +3
    Quote: iouris
    This means only one thing: there are no worthy enemies.

    This only means that the number of PMCs in the United States is as high as ever, and there are no plans to reduce it yet.
    1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
      Sidor Amenpodestovich April 28 2021 18: 16
      +1
      Quote: Cheshire
      This only means that the number of PMCs in the United States is as high as ever, and there are no plans to reduce it yet.

      I completely agree. The military, at the very least, are forced to act within the framework of the law. PMCs are exempted from this, as they act from under the quiet from around the corner. For the neo-colonial globalist policy of the modern United States, PMCs are more profitable than the army.
    2. knn54
      knn54 April 28 2021 19: 36
      +1
      For some reason, the general "kept silent" about the armed forces of the NATO member countries.
      Who "helped" in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Libya.
      Plus the Pacific region and "sympathizers" like the Swedes, etc.
  4. HAM
    HAM April 28 2021 17: 49
    +1
    Something lately, the crying of generals has often been heard from the states: little money, little soldiers, old planes, leaky ships and generally small pearls ....... "We haven't eaten for six days, give us food!"
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 April 28 2021 17: 53
    +2
    Here are the "sufferers", they do not have enough soldiers .... they will make iron dummies, then the generals will rejoice!
    1. xorek
      xorek April 28 2021 18: 26
      0
      Quote: rocket757
      Here are the "sufferers", they do not have enough soldiers .... they will make iron dummies, then the generals will rejoice!

      They have cannon fodder in the Outskirts, it's no coincidence that they are so harassing Victor! Over there, the clown in power was put on everything agreeing, if only guarantees of saving his life were provided .. The transporters go in a straight stream with weapons and other things ..
      Again they want to strangle Russia with someone else's hands .. Pressure and provocations are increasing!
  6. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 April 28 2021 17: 55
    0
    The US Army has 234 golf courses scattered around the world. The content is from the military budget. Here's 15 military money for the kit.
  7. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat April 28 2021 18: 22
    +1
    Apparently, only the soldiers on the mattress territory are counted. laughing
    And by the way, given the "record low" number for 20 years, I suspect that the army is a record large in "live weight". laughing
  8. Viktor Sergeev
    Viktor Sergeev April 28 2021 18: 26
    0
    An old song about the main thing: you give more people and more funding. More money, more will be stolen. The US Pentagon-MIC is the most corrupt system in the world.
  9. Coconut
    Coconut April 28 2021 18: 40
    -1
    the size of the army is "a record low in 20 years"
    eat less hamburgers .. laughing
  10. Sined
    Sined April 28 2021 19: 18
    +1
    Well, it is understandable that the size of the US Army will be reduced. Firstly, it is contractual, secondly, it is facilitated by technologies that reduce the number of employees. Thirdly, the equal rivals of the United States are China and the Russian Federation, that is, nuclear countries; in such a war, soldiers are unlikely to fight. The rest are either their allies or not competitors at all. The Cold War did not end with the USSR losing or the states winning. The Cold War ended with the fact that it did not turn into a hot one. And at the moment, among the main trinity in the war, no one is interested.
  11. Split
    Split April 28 2021 20: 07
    0
    The machines are probably worn out wassat
  12. aszzz888
    aszzz888 April 29 2021 02: 18
    0
    At the moment, the number of military personnel in active service in the US Army is 485 thousand people.
    How many of them are gay-pink-blue? laughing This special forces)) laughing on high heels and skirts, the most formidable)) laughing "at the world"! lol
  13. Sergej1972
    Sergej1972 April 29 2021 02: 35
    0
    The author of the material should have given an explanation that the US Army means what we call the Ground Forces. Unlike us, the Army (Ground Forces) includes the American Airborne Forces. And then there is the US Air Force (this is an analogue of our Aerospace Forces plus the Strategic Missile Forces) and the US Navy, the autonomous part of which is the Marines. Plus, there is also the US National Guard, which is in double, federal-state subordination. All of the above components, taken together, outnumber the US Army by several times. There is also the US Coast Guard, which is not subordinate to the Department of Defense, but in its capabilities is equal to the fleet of a medium-sized state. And so, and our Ground Forces make up about a third of the armed forces. True, it must be borne in mind that we still have a separate branch of the Airborne Forces. And the fact that some of the motorized rifle, tank, missile and artillery units (not to be confused with the marines) are not part of the Ground Forces, but are part of the Northern Fleet (throughout its entire territory), the Baltic Fleet (on the territory of the Kaliningrad region), the Black Sea Fleet (on the territory of Crimea). I don't know for sure, but the situation seems to be the same in Kamchatka.
  14. sgr291158
    sgr291158 April 29 2021 05: 49
    0
    So they have no one to hire, only sexual minorities.
  15. Misha_an26
    Misha_an26 April 29 2021 07: 42
    0
    Replenishment is not a problem. There are LGBT people, and they are probably a third of the US population.
  16. NF68
    NF68 April 29 2021 18: 36
    0
    But the US defense spending is at a record high.
  17. Andrey Krasnoyarsky
    Andrey Krasnoyarsky April 30 2021 15: 33
    0
    Why are the Americans so irresponsibly reducing the army? What if Canada attacks? Or Mexico.