Almost 80 percent of the Army’s brigade combat teams will see months-long delays in training if sequestration goes into effect and Congress funds the Defense Department with a continuing resolution for the rest of the year, according to an Army document.
The document, obtained by Defense News, a sister publication of Army Times, paints a dire picture of how soldiers might be affected by the looming budget cuts, including an $18 billion shortfall in the Army’s operation and maintenance account alone.
The $18 billion shortfall is “devastating to training and readiness in FY13 and affects FY14 and beyond,” according to the document, which was verified by Army officials.
One way or another, because the US has spent staggering amounts of money we don’t have on redistribution and social programs, we’re going to end up with a hollow force.
We’re so used to having a quality force, we’re going to be surprised when the hollow force is used, and defeated.