Report: Military Leaders Outline Cuts, Hiring Freeze In Letters To Commanders

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The U.S. Army would have to cut 30 percent of its operating costs for Army posts to help meet the cuts required under sequestration, USA Today reports.

Tom Vanden Brook reports Army Secretary John McHugh and Gen. Ray Odierno, the branch’s chief of staff, told commanders in a letter that Army post commanders should focus the cuts on heating, lighting, recreation and community services.

A civilian hiring freeze is also in effect across the military, according to the report.

McHugh and Odierno told commanders furloughs of civilian workers are likely if Congress does not reach a budget agreement, according to Vanden Brook’s story.

According to The Hill newspaper, the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress the Joint Forces could take a 20 percent cut compared to the president’s budget due to the looming sequester and possibility of another continuing resolution through the end of the year.

The Pentagon would cut $45 billion from its fiscal year 2013 budget under the sequester, The Hill reports.

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