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Army Advances Plan to Cut 40,000 Troops by a Year to 2017

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The U.S. Army is speeding up by a year plans to reduce its active-duty force to 450,000 from the current 490,000, according to Pentagon documents.

The service intends to announce on Thursday that it will draw down its force by 40,000 personnel by the end of September 2017, according to a draft news release. The Defense Department budget released in February had called for the same level of cuts by the end of September 2018.