House and Senate defence authorisers have reached an agreement on the fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) defence policy bill that boosts the US military’s size, adds oversight to services contracting, changes rules for buying commercial-off-the-shelf goods, and more.
Conferees reconciling the two chambers’ version of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Bill agreed to boost US Army active-duty end strength by 7,500 soldiers, from 476,000 authorised last year to 483,500 this year.
The US Navy would grow from 323,900 active-duty sailors to 327,900, and similarly the US Air Force would grow from 321,000 to 325,100 active-duty airmen. The US Marine Corps would grow from 185,000 to 186,000 active-duty marines.
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