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How will budget affect US Army?

Washington - The Pentagon is apparently planning to shrink the U.S. Army.

According to The New York Times, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants to reduce army forces to their lowest level since before the U.S. entered World War II.

He also wants to eliminate an entire class of air force attack jets.

Army leaders have been saying for months that they expected to absorb additional troop reductions as the nation prepares to end its combat role in Afghanistan this year. The Army is already scheduled to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000. Hagel is expected to propose cutting it further to between 440,000 and 450,000.

That's according to a defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to be identified discussing the proposals before Hagel's speech.

Details of the proposed pentagon budget will be released later Monday and must be approved by Congress.

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Washington Times