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Army, National Guard at odds over scarcer resources

Army, National Guard at odds over scarcer resources

After more than a dozen years fighting side by side in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army and the National Guard are battling each other over budget cuts.

The Army, tasked with restructuring for a postwar future amid rising personnel costs and spending cuts ordered by Congress, has proposed reducing the number of national guardsmen nationwide by 10 percent — from 350,000 soldiers to as few as 315,000 by 2019.

In Maryland, that could mean the loss of 400 to 500 soldiers from the 4,700-member Maryland Army National Guard, according to Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins. Plans to retire some helicopters and move others from the guard to the active-duty Army also could affect the state...