ARMY BASEBALL BASKETBALL BASEBALL, Va.
— Army officials have announced the cancellation of about 3,400 cadets who were expected to serve as a reserve battalion of about 8,500 soldiers.
The cadets were expected back in the active force this summer, the military said Friday in a statement.
Some cadets will be assigned to a combat unit to learn the art of combat sports, while others will serve as part of a small, yet growing, group of cadets and instructors.
At least four other cadets have already been selected for deployment, the Army said.
The Army is looking for more than 2,000 more cadets to replace the cadets whose numbers have already fallen to about 1,200.
The decision came after a meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in late April and was made after the Army Office of the Secretary of the Army recommended canceling the cadet class, Army spokesman Capt. Ryan Hester said in an email.
After this month’s announcement, Army officials said they have been in constant contact with cadets’ parents and have offered them financial support to continue their education.
While Army officials will no longer be recruiting cadets for future classes, they will continue to maintain cadet training and support services, including mentoring and mentoring assistance, Hester added.
This will allow the Army to continue to meet its current needs while providing the cadETs with an educational environment that will prepare them for future deployments, Hesters said.
We believe it’s important to maintain a cadet force that will be able to effectively support our troops while continuing to ensure that our soldiers are protected and the safety of our nation is protected,” Army Secretary John McHugh said in a news release.
In May, the number of cadet recruits dropped to about 2,200, from about 3:30,000 in 2014.
The number of active-duty cadets dropped to just under 3,600 from 5,400 in 2014, according to the Army.
About 1,300 cadets are serving as instructors at Fort Benning, Ga., for training exercises.