The Army says it has established a new, streamlined process to approve exemptions from President Donald Trump’s governmentwide hiring freeze, and has now approved about 20,000 new civilian hires, up from just 5,500 waivers the service had issued as of a week ago.
Of the Army’s buildings, 22 percent now meet the Defense Department’s criteria for “poor” or “failing” condition. The service faces a backlog of $10.8 billion in deferred maintenance projects.
Generals say current analyses show the U.S. will need more land forces for future conflicts, precisely at the time the Army is shrinking to its smallest size since before World War II.
The Army’s 2017 budget would roughly double the funding line which pays for involuntary mobilizations of selected reservists within the National Guard and Army Reserve.