FORT POLK, LA — The Army announced today its force structure and stationing decisions associated with the active component end-strength reduction of 80,000 Soldiers to 490,000 -- a 14 percent reduction across the force -- by 2017.
As part of the drawdown, the Army is reducing its active component brigade combat teams (BCTs) from 45 to 33, however, the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk is not among the installations affected by the brigade combat team reduction. The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division remains at Fort Polk. The Army is inactivating and reorganizing BCTs at other installations nationwide and in Europe as well as reducing and reorganizing numerous non-BCT units - many commonly referred to as BCT enablers - as part of the end strength reduction.
The dedication and commitment of the surrounding communities during the force structure process has been overwhelming, said Brig. Gen. William B. Hickman, commanding general of the JRTC and Fort Polk. "I thank all of you for your support. You've been unique among Army installations in voicing your concerns and expressing your caring for our Soldiers and families. We make a great team, and I look forward to continuing that partnership," Hickman said.
Reductions in the force are consistent with fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and Defense Planning Guidance issues in 2012, but do not reflect additional reductions that will be required if sequestration-driven funding reductions remain unmitigated. The key to the drawdown is to maintain the balance between end-strength, readiness and modernization so that the Army is properly sized and ready for whatever the country needs, said Army officials.