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Troops Fighting Taliban Get Laid Off
By Harold Hutchison

Some company commanders on the front lines of Afghanistan are being given pink slips. The “reduction in force” measures are coming due to the “sequestration” cuts that were imposed in 2011.

According to multiple reports, officers who are currently commanding units on the front lines in Afghanistan are being told they will be involuntarily separated from the Army. The notices are part of an effort to take the Army down from 520,000 to 450,000, and will target 2,600 officers.

The layoffs are generating criticism. “It puts the soldier, the soldier’s family and the men under his command at risk,” retired Major General Robert Scales, told FoxNews.com. “Young officers look at each other and wonder who is next.”

Senator James Inhofe, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Service Committee, also blasted the layoffs in a statement, saying “My heart goes out to these men and women who are risking their lives and making great sacrifices yet are now being told they are being separated from the Army and will have no job when they return home to their families. Our military’s readiness and war fighting capability are clearly not the priorities of this President. The alarming cutbacks happening with our military are a direct result of the priorities the President has set for the nation with the resources we have. There are many other programs in the federal government that can be looked at, reformed, and cut, therefore the President owns this issue. These pink slips are just the beginning. If defense sequestration continues, our Army could reach 420,000, which will lead to more troops losing their jobs while on the front lines in the coming years. This is devastating for morale and even worse for our national security.”