Job Cuts Possible At Fort Jackson

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The commanding general of Fort Jackson issued a warning Thursday about job cuts at the base if congress doesn't fully fund the military by 2016.

"3,100 positions. That's just under half of our total workforce at Fort Jackson," said General Bradley Becker, commanding general at Fort Jackson.

Becker says the estimate comes from a military budget assessment that reduces troop levels and budgets across the country if sequestration cuts continue in 2016.

While the assessment is not a final decision, the leader of the largest Army training center in the country says it's an indication of what could come.

Regardless of what's decided, the Army projects it will reduce troop levels from 490,000 to 450,000 by the end of 2015.

"If the army were forced to go below the 450,000 in the active component, we would not be able to support the current defense strategy and a strategic reassessment would be required," Becker said.

Based on the assessment, 30 military installations across the country could experience staff reductions along with Fort Jackson.

Becker says he's not sure when cuts would happen and which positions would be affected.

"The bottom line is the Army is taking a look at what will happen if we have sequestration level cuts in 2016," Becker said.

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