The US Marine Corps is going to make a lot of cuts in manpower cuts, turning an already small force into a smaller one.
On Thursday, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger testified to Congress, affirming the 2021 budget proposal that might put many Marines out of a job in favor of a smaller and more agile Corps.
“In this budget we reduced the manpower equivalent of a couple thousand Marines, that probably won’t be the largest one or the last,” Berger said. “We are going to reduce the size of the Marine Corps some this year, more next year.”
The move is an effort to help the USMC become a more efficient fighting force against threats such as Russia and (especially) China.
The proposal in question suggests cutting the active-duty Marine Corps down from 186,200 to 184,100 by the end of 2021.
According to the Marine Corps Times, future cuts could make the Corps smaller than the Obama-era Marine Corps, which had only 183,604 active-duty Marines in 2016.
Berger admitted, however, that the future is never set in stone, and the USMC will grow or shrink as needed to deal with the threats of tomorrow.
“We have an advisory that’s moving,” Berger said. “We have to maintain an overmatch [with the People’s Republic of China]”
To put into context, the People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC) has around 20,000 personnel.
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