As the Army withdraws forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the branch’s chief of staff says the next goal is having uniformed soldiers return to traditional jobs they performed previously, Federal News Radio reports.
Gen. Ray Odierno told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Thursday that the Army wants to put more senior non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers back into both the training pipeline and the doctrine pipeline.
Odierno added that the Army is going to be more regionalized and integrated with other services in the Defense Department.
As part of the Army’s transition, he said the Army will continue to reduce its active soldier roster from 570,000 to 490,000 and rebalance its workforce between civilians, contractors and soldiers.
He also said the Training and Doctrine Command will lead that rebalancing effort, according to Jason Miller’s report.
The Army recently announced an initiative as part of the active force reduction, where some 15-year veterans will be offered the opportunity to retire early with full retirement benefits.