Retired Army Lt. Gen. Roger Thompson on Tuesday told members of the Hinesville chapter of the Association of the United States Army that budget cuts already are negatively affecting Army training.
During its second-quarter general membership meeting at the Liberty Performing Arts Center in Fleming, Thompson, vice president of AUSA’s national membership and meetings, told members and special guests that budget cuts are limiting Army units to local training only.
He said training of combat divisions like the 3rd Infantry Division consists of squad-, platoon-, company-, battalion-, brigade- and division-level training.
Brigade- and division-level training usually is conducted at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., or the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.; however, unless a unit has been slated to deploy to Afghanistan,
Thompson said units no longer have the funding to train at NTC. Most installations simply do not have the funding and capability for training above the company and battalion level, he said.