By Kristina Wong - 03/04/14 03:30 PM EST
The Pentagon plans to reduce the number of its civilian workers from about 755,400 in 2014 to 749,100 in 2015 — a reduction of 6,300 workers, or 1 percent, according to its 2015 defense budget request.
“The Military Services and Defense Agencies will begin to shape the workforce to reflect the changing post-Afghanistan needs and a declining military force,” said a budget overview released Tuesday.
The Army would lose 4,400 civilians, and the Air Force would lose 900 civilians. An additional 3,100 would be cut Defense Department-wide. The Navy and Marine Corps will increase the number of civilians by 2,200.
“The budget request supports a civilian workforce appropriately sized and shaped to reflect changes to the Department’s reduce force structure,” the overview said.
Meanwhile, the active duty will go down by 36,700 in 2015, a reduction of about 3 percent.
The Army will lose 20,400 soldiers, the Air Force will lose 11,300 airmen, the Marine Corps would go down about 4,700, and the Navy would lose 300 sailors.