An estimated 2,800 active-duty soldiers and reservists have been overseas since June, according to a report released Monday by the US Army, a slight decrease from the total figure released in December.
The Army announced the figure in a blog post on Monday, citing figures from the Army’s Defense Department.
The service, however, said the figure is down from the figure reported in December, when 2,845 active- and reserve-duty personnel were overseas.
The Army has struggled to keep the force afloat as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost the military more than $1 trillion.
While the Army is struggling to keep up with the demand for its personnel, its budget has also been strained, with the budget for its recruiting and recruiting training programs projected to shrink by $40 billion in fiscal 2018 and $50 billion in 2021.
In addition, the Army says it will be able to reduce its recruiting force by 2,600 to 2,900 positions by the end of 2021.
That would bring the total number of active-component soldiers at least to 4,400, with about 300 to 350 of those in the active component.
Military spending has been a top concern for Congress and the Trump administration since last year, when it became clear that the military was underfunded and that some of the most talented recruits were not being selected.
But as the military has faced more pressure to pay for more recruits, its recruitment and retention rates have slipped, with fewer people choosing to enlist.
“The Army’s current recruiting efforts are showing that the Army can still recruit and retain its nation’s best talent,” Army Secretary Jeffery Buchanan said in a statement.
“Our recruiting and retention efforts are focused on increasing the number of men and women who will serve our country.
Our recruiting efforts will continue to be driven by our core values of service, honor, and commitment, and that of the Army and its men and men-at-arms.”
Last year, the Defense Department reported that the U.S. Army had lost 1,200 troops, with just under a quarter returning to duty.