U.S. Military Alters Training Amid Budget Woes

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – Budget cuts to the military have forced installations around the country to alter training exercises and daily routines to save money.

For airmen and pilots, that means fewer flights. For soldiers and Marines, it means fewer drills or delaying them until a deployment nears. In Air Force and Navy, similar adjustments have been made.

The automatic budget cuts are known as sequestration. They come as the military is in the midst of a drawdown in Afghanistan and shrinking its overall size.

George Wright is a civilian spokesman for the Army. He says training has been retooled to focus on soldiers deploying to hostile areas soonest, such as Afghanistan and Korea.

Some soldiers at Fort Campbell along the Tennessee-Kentucky line are being retrained to work as MPs.

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