Pentagon cuts hitting new soldiers in the jacket
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The automatic budget cuts hitting the military mean the Army's newest soldiers are leaving training in South Carolina without their full dress uniform.
Deputy Fort Jackson commander Col. Stephen Yackley told a meeting of military supporters Tuesday the cuts mean fewer work hours for civilians on the post, and that includes the tailors who fit new uniforms.
Yackley says commanders at the Army's largest training base are making sure combat training is going at full strength. But he says the 20 percent cuts under sequestration also mean fewer civilian bus drivers and shorter hours at gates manned by civilian guards.
The colonel says soldiers leave basic training with everything they need for their combat and work uniforms. He says they will get their dress jacket at their next post.