Obama to Cut 80,000 Troops from U.S. Army, More than 20,000 from Marine Corps
1:32 PM, Jan 5, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A GOP staffer on Capitol Hill tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the Obama administration's plan is to cut the active duty U.S. army from its current size of nearly 570,000 members to 490,000 members. The staffer didn't have an exact figure on cuts to the Marine Corps, but there are 200,000 active duty Marines. A 10 percent cut would translate to 20,000 fewer Marines than there are today, and a 15 percent cut would mean 30,000 fewer Marines.