Military Capabilities

More USMC weapons and end-strength cuts on the horizon, commandant warns

28 February 2020

The US Marine Corps (USMC) is poised to cut additional personnel and legacy weapons funding next year, but Commandant General David Berger said this is just the beginning and that deeper cuts are coming to both areas.

The four-star general, along with US Navy leadership, appeared before the House Armed Services Committee on 27 February to field questions about the USMC's USD46-billion fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request.

"In this budget request we reduced the manpower equivalent of a couple [of] thousand marines. That probably won't be the largest one, or the last," he told lawmakers. "I think every service chief would love to have a bigger force, but you need us to be lethal, you need us to be mobile, you need us to be integrated with the navy."

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