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-- the military is feeling the effects.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports the armed services are cutting jobs.
Just four years ago at the height of the fighting in Iraq the military services were having a hard time meeting their recruiting goals.
There was talk of the army breaking and the nation not having enough fighters to conduct its wars.
Now as a sign of the times with jobless rates at record highs.
More sailors are staying in the military forcing the navy for the first time ever to fire petty officers.
In August the navy will convene a board.
To review the cases of 161000.
Sailors and eliminate 3000 positions about 1% of the force there's no retirement form.
And there's no severance for them congressman Mike Coffman sits on the house armed services committee and served in the Marine Corps.
This is very usual to this degree I mean there have been times and we've had economic downturns.
We're certainly the retention has gone up.
But it's never gone out to this level of the air force retention rates are also up.
At a six year high causing it to convene a similar reduction in force or -- board.
The air force will review the records of more than 9000 officers mostly majors about 400 will be let go.
-- way to reduce the budget for the military is to cut people.
Because they can be pulled out of the ranks and immediately -- the the savings are immediate.
The retention rate for sailors with one to six years of service rose 10%.
And the navy is overstaffed in 31 different job categories.
Jet engine mechanics avionics technicians electricians and others.
And as the troops returned from Afghanistan and Iraq and as pressure mounts on the defense budget.
We're gonna see similar consequences for the ground services.
In October the army will begin a 22000 person drop down that means more job seekers we'll enter the labor market.
And more ex military members may face unemployment.
At the Pentagon Jennifer Griffin Fox News.
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