“Army commands and agencies are continuing to take necessary actions to reduce their civilian on-board strength to meet funded targets established by the secretary of defense and reflected in the President’s Budget,” said Thomas R. Lamont, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, in the release.
Commanders are allowed to use early retirements and buyouts, and Lamont said the Army will use voluntary departures whenever possible.
Nearly half of the cuts will be at the Installation Management Command, and the Army Materiel Command must cut more than 1,200 positions. AMC has targeted 33 positions for early retirements or buyouts and will not fill 41 vacant positions, according to an email from an AMC’s spokesperson in November.
The Army first announced its plan in July to cut thousands of positions in line with DoD’s reduced budget in the President’s 2012 budget request.