Sequestration is part of the Budget Control Act that mandates $1.2 trillion in cuts across federal agencies to include $500 million to the military over the next decade. Congress wrote sequestration into legislation to provide motivation for Congress to agree to a deficit reduction plan to replace the federal spending cuts. When they failed to reach such an agreement, sequestration was triggered on March 1.
The sequester will stretch across all four services of the military to include family programs. Only pay and the Department of Veterans Affairs have been exempted by President Obama from the cuts associated with sequestration. Military leaders have little flexibility in applying the cuts because the law mandates the Defense Department absorb a 9 percent cut across all programs.
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Military.com | Jul 23, 2014
At least 48 Army captains serving in Afghanistan are among nearly 1,200 captains who have essentially been given pink slips forcing them to leave the military as part of the Army's drawdown, service officials said Wednesday. In addition to the 48 in Afghanistan, another 39 captains deployed overseas were also on the so-called captains' "hit ... more
Military.com | Jul 17, 2014
The outgoing Marine commandant says he'll be handing Gen. Joseph Dunford a Marine Corps facing a budget crisis that could force more deployments with fewer troops. The demand for Marines will only grow as conflicts emerge worldwide, Gen. James Amos said. "I don't see the requirements going away," Amos said Tuesday. However, budget and personn... more
Stars and Stripes | Jul 15, 2014
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Air Force plans to cut nearly 3,500 positions at headquarters across the service by deactivating and realigning elements in an effort to save $1.6 billion over the next five years. The savings from reducing 3,459 higher headquarters' positions are to be reinvested into combat missions at the wing level, off... more
Military.com | Jul 11, 2014
Lawmakers overseeing the nation's sea service believe that the U.S. Navy's plans to pull half of its cruiser fleet out of commission for expensive upgrades will send these critical missile boats to an early grave. Currently, the Navy has 22 missile cruisers that serve as key players in the air defense of the service's aircraft carrier groups... more
Military.com | Jun 30, 2014
A U.S. Army captain with more than a dozen years in the service, including multiple tours of duty in combat zones, assumed his job was safe. The non-commissioned officer-turned-officer knew the service was downsizing after more than a decade of war. But he figured he'd be one of the lucky ones, in part because of his tours in Bosnia, Kosovo... more