I’d like to post a debate with the question “do we need a bigger Army or smaller Army?” After doing some research online, I’ve discovered that we have approximately 500k Active Duty Army Soldiers and approximately another 500k in the ARNG or USAR (reference) in 2013.
Based upon what I just mentioned to you, do you think we need a bigger or smaller Army? At the end of the article, please tell us what you think and why.
My Personal Answer:
Based upon my personal 15+ years experience in the Army, I believe we need a smaller Active Duty Army and larger Reserve Force. Please know that I am patriotic. I love my country and believe we need a trained and ready Army. But I don’t think we need a large Active Duty force to do that. Instead, I believe we need an effective and efficient Army, but not a big Army, that can defend us and protect our borders.
I’m simply not a big fan of having a large Active Duty force. My number one objection is the cost. It cost billions to maintain an Active Duty force each year. I believe we could use that money for much better things such as paying down debt, improving our own country’s infrastructure, funding education, etc. Furthermore, I believe that when politicians have a large Active Duty force, they will look for a reason to use that force (unnecessary wars, missions, and conflicts).
If I was the man in charge for a day, I would have an Active Duty operational force of about 100k Soldiers and 750k to 1 million Guard/Reserve Soldiers. All Active Duty units would be combat/deployable units. I would transition everything else to the Guard, Reserves, and contractors. All Guard and Reserve units would be training units, combat support and combat service support. I would also maintain a large IRR force.
This could potentially save the country billions by shutting down unneeded bases, downsizing the amount of government employees (Soldiers and civilians), and reducing the costs for training.
Of course, I’m not the man in charge, nor am I a politician. These views are simply my own opinion. But I’d love to hear what you think. Please leave a comment to share your thoughts and answer the question “do we need a bigger Army or smaller Army?” Please give an answer justifying your thoughts about the subject. If you have any questions, you can ask them here too. Thank you.