The U.S. Army says budget cuts could mean the loss of thousands of soldiers and employees at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.
However, fort officials say the report released Thursday is a worst-case scenario and the reductions aren’t likely to be as severe as predicted.
The report said Fort Riley could lose 16,000 soldiers and civilian employees, with another 3,600 jobs related to the base also eliminated. The fort currently has about 20,000 soldiers and civilian employees.
The Army says Fort Leavenworth could lose half of its 5,000 employees.