For reference, the Romanian Army has about 41,000 active duty members.
Via Tom Vanden Brook at ArmyTimes;
The Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years, a reduction that will affect virtually all its domestic and foreign posts, the service asserts in a document obtained by USA Today.OK ... a bit more than the Romanian Army if you take in to account combat capability, training and ... "utility."
The potential troop cut comes as the Obama administration is pondering its next moves against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria.
An additional 17,000 Army civilian employees would also be laid off under the plan officials intend to announce this week. ..
• The number of BCTs, the Army's primary fighting formations, will continue to reduce from a wartime high of 45 to 30 by the end of fiscal 2017. This means the Army plans to cut two more BCTs in addition to the 13 it inactivated over the last few years.Perhaps we will live in uninteresting times.
• Brigades at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska will be downsized from units of about 4,000 soldiers to battalion task forces of 1,050 soldiers. The brigades affected are 3rd BCT, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning and 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Alaska.
• 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii will convert from a Stryker brigade to an infantry brigade.
During the peak of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army swelled to about 570,000 soldiers to ensure that deployments could be limited to one year. After most troops came home from those wars, the Army planned to shrink.
In recent years, the Army has cut its war-time force from 570,000 to 490,000. Along with those troops cuts was a reduction of 13 of the Army's 45 brigade combat teams.