(WTVM) - More cuts could be on the way at Ft. Benning and other army posts across the country.
Army officials have ordered that all army headquarters come up with ways to cut 25% of funding and manpower, and they want those recommendations by September 11th.
In a report titled "2013 Focus Areas", this requirement is described as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which reduced the Army's budget. Part of the report reads, "To ensure Army readiness at these reduced budget levels, we must make the best and maximum use of every single dollar provided to the Army."
To effectively carry out this goal, there will be seven Focus Area teams that will make budget recommendations that will be used to balance the reductions already in place. The memo gives the September 11 deadline for the Focus Area teams to provide their recommendations.
In bold, the report states, "We expect Army leaders, military and civilian, to seize this opportunity to re-shape our Army. This effort will take PRIORITY OVER ALL other Headquarters, Department of the Army activities."
The plans to cut funding by 25% must be presented in the next two weeks.
The memo is signed by Raymond Odierno, U.S. Army Chief of Staff, and John McHugh, Secretary of the Army.