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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 4:30 am

Prepping for deeper cuts

The Army is preparing itself for a cut of up to 120,000 more soldiers in the next five years. The cuts are addressed in a presentation titled “Army Today-Future” provided to members of Congress and obtained by Army Times.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno in the first week of October warned soldiers worldwide — during post visits and through social media — more cuts are coming.

He told Congress on Sept. 18 that such cuts would be necessary if “the additional discretionary cap reductions required under current law continue,” and there looks to be little change in sight.

Opinions on where the Army would make the cuts vary.

How will the active duty Army, the National Guard and Reserve be affected? To learn where the cuts will come from, pick up the Oct. 14 issue of Army Times, on sale now.

Shutdown sparks needless chaos

Disruption and uncertainty caused by the first government shutdown in 17 years is just a warm up for an even bigger financial crisis looming in the next few weeks — one that could magnify confusion about who is being paid and when, why overseas commissaries are open but stateside stores are closed, and where military families can get medical care.

One of the biggest problems facing troops and their families is the often contradictory information about what’s open and what’s closed, what’s paid and what’s not.

And the inability of Congress and the White House to quickly resolve the lapse of government funding Oct. 1 does not bode well for what happens next.

Find out how soldiers could be affected if the shutdown is not fixed before the debt ceiling showdown in late October. See this week’s issue of Army Times, on sale now.

Personal weapons on post

Service members and federal civilians could carry personal firearms on military bases under a bill introduced Oct. 3 by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, that would reverse a 20-year-old policy on firearms.

“Why are civilians at a restaurant allowed to defend themselves but soldiers trained in firearms aren’t?” Stockman said. “Why can’t we extend common-sense gun laws like open carry to our soldiers?”

The Safe Military Bases Act, HR 3199, is Stockman’s response to the Sept. 16 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and is similar to legislation introduced after the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood.

Could the bill pass? Find out the status of the bill in this week’s issue of Army Times, on newsstands now.

Outside the Wire

With the shutdown and sequestration affecting the military, some fiscally-minded Army mechanics took matters into their own hands and saved the Army a potential $10,000 in repair costs.

Find out more in the Army Times Outside the Wire blog at http://blogs.militarytimes.com/outside-the-wire/

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