Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville has said for months that he would like to increase the force by up to 70,000 troops. However, on Monday, the Army’s top general seemed to eventually give in to the notion that President Joe Biden’s first Pentagon budget request would have lower defense spending amounts. This is the first time he and acting Army Secretary John Whitley have confirmed that they have agreed on a deal on the maximum number of active-duty soldiers for the fiscal year 2022. Specifically, the number of active-duty soldiers next year will be limited to 485,000.
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