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America's Shrinking Army
The U.S. Army now has fewer than 480,000 active-duty soldiers, the lowest number since 1940, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Army is in the midst of a plan to downsize over several years. Military spending may prove to be a key issue in this year’s presidential election. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has promised to greatly expand the military if elected. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, says she is committed to a strong military, but she hasn’t indicated what changes she would make to the military’s budget.
  1. What is the man in the cartoon pointing at?
  2. The poster pokes fun at an Army recruitment slogan, “Army of One,” used a decade ago. What is ironic about the man’s statement?
  3. What point do you think the cartoonist is trying to make? Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
  4. Why might some Americans be opposed to a shrinking U.S. military? Why might some Americans be in favor of it?
  5. Do you think the U.S. needs more or fewer active personnel today than it did in 1940? Explain.