The Army has now exceeded its authorized strength by over 5,000 Soldiers. A Sept. 1 headcount of the service’s three components shows a population of 552,425 for the Regular Army, 357,791 for the National Guard and 206,356 for the Army Reserve. By Federal law, the Army is overmanned by 5,025 active duty Soldiers and 1,356 reserve Soldiers. While they are 409 Soldiers short of reaching their Army National Guard strength ceiling, officials expect they will hit it by the end of the fiscal year.
However, in its version of the FY 2010 Defense Authorization Act, the Senate has voted to temporarily increase the authorized strength of the Army by 30,000 Soldiers in FY 2010. The House has voted a similar increase, but not to take effect until 2011. The differences between the two versions will have to be worked out by a House/Senate conference committe.