- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - The two-star Army general in charge of the service’s largest training base says Fort Jackson will keep training up to 72,000 soldiers in 2015, but the future beyond that is unclear.

Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker told reporters Wednesday that the Army plans to put between 70,000 to 72,000 soldiers through basic combat training and advanced schools at the Columbia base in the coming year.

Becker says the future is unclear unless Congress removes automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. If the cuts remain in effect, the Army must get smaller than its planned 490,000 soldiers. That could mean cutting up to 3,100 military and civilian jobs at Fort Jackson, which Becker says is a worse-case scenario.

Becker says he doesn’t expect to know that for up to 18 months.

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