Robert Hale: Pentagon Plans 6% Workforce Cut Through 2018

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Robert Hale

The Defense Department plans to reduce the size of its civilian workforce by between 40,000 and 50,000 positions over the next five years and those cuts could come in conjunction with another round of base closures, according to Defense Comptroller Robert Hale.

Marine Corps Times reports the workforce cut would be at around 5 or 6 percent and the first year of cuts would bring the Pentagon’s number of civilian workers down from 777,000 to 765,000.

Zachary Fryer-Biggs writes the Pentagon could offer some civilian workers the opportunity to retire early and implement temporary hiring freezes.

The White House requested another Base Realignment and Closure round in 2015 in its proposed budget but would not start the closures until 2016, according to the report.

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