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Army dropping number of paratrooper troops to 49K, part of budget cutbacks
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Saturday, November 30, 2013 3:14 PM EST
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.
The U.S. Army is capping parachute positions at 49,000 soldiers as part of its overall cutback and reorganization of the military by 2020.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Don Peters says 24 units accounting for 2,600 soldiers are being removed from jump status as part of the changes. Peters says paratroopers will continue to train and be ready to execute airborne operations as the need arises.
Soldiers at Fort Campbell say they are ready to carry out their missions, even in a different way.
Sgt. First Class Bryan Beville says "history is history" and the units will continue to fine-tune their skills.