Military Alters Training In Face Of Budget Cuts

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (November 24, 2013) Budget cuts to the military are forcing installations around the country to alter training regimens and daily routines to save money.

For airmen and pilots, that means fewer flights.

For soldiers and Marines, it means fewer drills or delaying them until a deployment nears.

In Air Force and Navy, similar adjustments have been made.

The automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, come in the midst of a troop drawdown in Afghanistan and an overall reduction in U.S. troop strength.

George Wright, a civilian spokesman for the Army, says training has been retooled to focus on soldiers deploying to hostile areas soonest, such as Afghanistan and Korea.

Some soldiers at Fort Campbell along the Tennessee-Kentucky line are being retrained to work as MPs.

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