The Air Force is looking to send home more than of 20,000 airmen this year. And the Army likely will be forced to slash four times as many soldiers in coming years.
But the Navy’s ranks are holding steady.
The Navy’s top officer believes the force, at 323,500 sailors, is the right size and sees his task as rebalancing the force to fill the thousands of open billets across the fleet.
“Our focus now needs to be to take that requisite number — about 323 to 324 [thousand] — and get the right skills in the right place at the right rank and trained with the right [Navy enlisted classifications],” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert told Navy Times.
Greenert said he has no plans to shrink the ranks and is putting forward a proposal to temporarily dock 14 ships, an unusual measure that would help officials fill other open fleet jobs and save money short-term.