WASHINGTON, District of Columbia- The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 increases the Army end strength to 1.018 million Soldiers, a net gain of 28,000 soldiers in this fiscal year by Sept. 30, 2017. Across the force, the active component end strength authorization increased to 476,000 (16,000), Army National Guard increased to 343,000 (8,000), and the Army Reserve increased to 199,000 (4,000). Fort Leonard Wood’s Basic Combat Training mission for FY17 is expected to increase by about 4,500 Soldiers.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) issued the following statement:
“Fort Leonard Wood plays a vital role in the formation of our soldiers. The Army’s announcement underscores the value and importance of Fort Leonard Wood’s Basic Combat Training mission in providing our soldiers with unmatched combat training as they prepare to face the threats of today and keep Americans safe at home and abroad. This is great news for national defense, our soldiers, and the surrounding communities in Missouri’s Fourth that are proud to have Fort Leonard Wood as a neighbor.”
Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, which is home to Fort Leonard Wood, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As a result, Fort Leonard Wood’s Basic Combat Training mission for FY17 is expected to increase by about 4,500 Soldiers.